Assistive technology - software

The Library web site has been written to conform to current accessibility standards and works across a range of devices and text to speech technologies. However, please be aware that some of the 3rd party e-resources accessed through the website may not offer the same level of compliance.

The Chrome, Firefox and Edge web browsers  have many extensions and add-ons that might improve your online browsing experience. Apple produces its own built-in accessibility tools, such as Siri. Most smartphones have more inbuilt accessibility functions than you might realise.

MyStudyBar is an open source assistive technology, featuring tools such as coloured screen overlays, view bars and basic text-to-speech programmes which are capable of running from a USB stick within the Windows environment.

Note: for security reasons, University workstations do not allow the downloading and installation of software originating outside the University. You will need to install the application on a USB stick using your own (or other non-University) computer. Once installed, the USB stick can be used on University workstations and laptops. Alternatively, we can provide you with a pre-loaded USB stick - email

University software

The University has helpful software to support users with additional needs including:

  • ClaroRead Plus - a multi-sensory solution for supporting reading and writing.
  • Inspiration - more than a mind mapping tool. Great for schedules and time management.
  • Mindview - a professional mind mapping software that allows you to visually brainstorm, organise and present ideas.
  • SuperNova Magnifier and Screen Reader - screen magnifier, natural sounding speech and full screen reader for users with visual impairment
  • Texthelp Read & Write - an easy-to-use toolbar containing support tools to make reading, writing and research easier for you. The software was designed to address some of the issues that people with dyslexia face daily.

All these apps can be downloaded to your personal computer or University workstation via AppsAnywhere. Please see the instructions for AppsAnywhere or contact Information Services on 023 9284 7777  for more information or help.