Assistive software and equipment loan

We have a range of assistive software available to support your learning available across our libraries and study centres. Some software is only available on certain PCs. The Glean notetaking app is the only software which can be made available on your own device. Some software can be downloaded from the software self service via a university managed laptop. We also have small items of ergonomic equipment to loan out for up to 3 months.

Find software in the PC's start menu after logging in. 

Mind mapping software

  • Plan and organise your essay or project in a visual way.
  • Take notes in a non-linear visual style.
  • See connections and links.
  • Collate your notes and materials in one place.
Mind mapping software
Assistive softwareAvailability
Information and online training  

Reading and writing software  

  • Hear text read aloud to aid understanding.
  • Change background colours.
  • Use literacy support tools to spot errors in your own work.
  • Use scanning tools to create audio files or alternative formats of printed materials.
Reading and writing software
Assistive softwareAvailability
Texthelp Read&Write
Information and online training (login required)

Screen reading and display enhancement software 

  • Hear text read aloud to aid understanding.
  • Enlarge and enhance screen text.
Display Screen reading and display enhancement software
Assistive softwareAvailability
JAWS Screen Reader
Product information
  • Accessible Technology Room, Arts and Social Sciences Library.
  • PC Room, Queen's Building Library.
ZoomText Magnifier/Reader
Information and videos
Please ask Library Support for further information. 

Voice recognition software

  • Speak instead of typing.
  • Avoid difficulties with keyboard use and spelling.
Voice recognition software
Assistive softwareAvailability
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Information and online training 
  • Meet and Speak Room - Arts and Social Sciences Library*
  • Accessible Study Room (ASR) - Arts and Social Sciences Library*
  • Request Dragon on a university-managed laptop for users who cannot access our study spaces.
*When setting up your profile on a shared PC please use a non-identifiable usr name

Note taking - learning & productivity

  • Audio note taking app 
  • Support with capture and organsiation of lecture notes
  • Can be used on own device 
Note taking solution
Assistive softwareAvailability

Information and online training 


Overview of assistive software

Library Support can provide an introduction to and further information about the assistive software listed.

Productivity tools

A range of freely-available online tools to help with reading, writing and ways to enhance screen display.

Ergonomic equipment loan

Equipment you can borrow to adapt your study space, including:

  • foot rests
  • wrist rests
  • back support
  • ergonomic mice.

Borrow small items for up to 3 months or discuss equipment available for use within our libraries and study centres.

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