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Library Services: Assistive Software

On Campus

Assistive software available on campus PCs 

Dragon Naturally Speaking logo    Dragon Speech Recognition is available in each Assistive Technology Room (ATR).

Supernova Magnifyer icon  

Supernova Magnifier and Screen reader is available in ATR 1 on Level 3 East.

Jaws screenreader logo   Jaws Screen reader is available in ATR 2 on Level 3 East.


MindView Logo


We are currently in the process of replacing our mind mapping product and will update this webpage when a new product is available. 


ClaroRead logo     

   ClaroRead Plus available on all PCs via AppsAnywhere on campus. 


Assistive software available to download


MindView logo Mind mapping software is normally available on University computers and for students to use off-campus.  We are currently in the process of replacing our mind mapping product and will update this webpage when a new product is available. 

Please contact us if you need further information via MyAccount enquiry system. Choose the Library and IT Support option.

ClaroRead logo

ClaroRead Plus available to access at home via AppsAnywhere. Not currently available.


Would you like ClaroRead Online Training?

 We now provide online training to help you get started using ClaroRead Plus using Microsoft Teams.

These sessions will last one hour.

If you are interested please contact us:   

Subject: Assistive Software Training
Include: Student ID number

You will receive a response to your request within one working day.

Free Productivity and accessibility tools

Looking for more accessibility tools for your PC? Computer screen with cog and key inside it

There are a number of external free apps, add-ons and resources online that can help you study and aid your productivity.*

*Please note these are just suggestions and are not applications supported by either Student IT Support or IT Services .

Chrome logo

Google has free Chrome add-ons that can help you get organised and view your device how you want it. There are apps that can help you speed read such as Spreed

AppleVis logo

Applevis is a community powered website for blind and low vision users of apple products. It offers a range of apps, resources and mechanisms for raising awareness of the accessibility of Apple products and related applications, and for promoting further advancement in accessibility.

My Computer MyWay logo

My Computer My Way offers a variety of ways that you can alter your devices settings to increase their  accessibility and functionality.

Audacity headphones logo

Audacity is free open source software that allows you to record and edit audio files.

Noises Online logo

Use Noises Online to help mask external distractions and concentrate. Choose from a range of different sounds including rainfall, birdsong, cafe chatter as well as pink, brown and white noise generators.

RNIB Supporting people with sight loss logo

The RNIB is a charity that helps support people with sight loss they have an excellent beginners guide to using assistive technology for those with visual impairments.

Braci logo

Braci can record sounds in your environment and gives alerts on your smart phone when it recognises them. Let me hear again, can convert speech to text and text to speech.


Microsoft Seeing AI Logo

Microsoft Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects. logo

9 Useful apps for people who are Deaf or have hearing loss.


Windows Accessibility Options

Alter Accessibility Options on your Windows PCWindows Logo

Find the Ease of Access Centre in Settings Settings cog icon in Windows 10.

This has all the tools you need to magnify all or part of the screen, try different colour filters or high-contrast schemes and use Windows Narrator to have things read out to you. 

We can provide advice and introductory training on these accessibility tools, Email us at to book an appointment.

Visit this useful YouTube playlist for information on some of these tools.


Your Voice Matters link to our feedback web pages

Tell us what we are getting right and what we could do better.

Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning Centre 

Help build your academic skills such as reading, academic writing and critical thinking. They can also help you improve your grammar and presentation skills.

Visit: Skills for Learning: Activities to Help You Get Ready for University.

You can find more information on the Skills for Learning Moodle site.

You can view and book workshops here: Skills for Learning Workshops.