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Open Access Computing and Assistive Technology

Open Access Computing and Software for learners

Open Access Computing

There are 210 PCs available in the Library which are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.  Anyone with a University Card has access to this facility.

  •  Level 0 = 128 PCs
  •  Level 1 = 56 PCs
  •  Level 2 = 11 PCs
  •  Level 3 = 15 PCs

High Spec PCs on Level 0 (outside 008 & at South West of 003):

Priority for these machines is given to Library users using the engineering software provided:

  • ANSYS Icepak 14.9
  • LUSAS Modeller
  • Master series
  • SolidWorks
  • Tekla Structures

Weekly updates are performed to install the latest software and security patches. This requires a period of shutdown, generally during the night. Each computer has a tag attached with details of shutdown times. If you are logged in to a computer you will also receive a pop-up warning to give you time to save your work and log out.

Assistance is available via IT Services.
To check availability of PCs across the campus, use the PC Finder tool.

Software for learners

Specialist software is available on all university computers.
This is ‘brain-storming’ or ‘mind-mapping’ software. It can help you with organising essays, arranging notes, planning presentations, etc.


TextHELP Read&Write:

This programme includes the following features:
  • Screen reader - to read aloud from documents and web pages
  • Spell checker - homonyms (bare/bear etc.)
  • Word Wizard - to help you understand what you read


Click the links below for short guides:



This software allows you to capture everything you hear without writing, and highlight key points for review with a click. Plus you can add your slides, diagrams and text notes to the same project.



If you are registered with Disability Assist, you can borrow a laptop from the Information Desk. The laptops can be used in the Library only and may not be taken out of the building.

Braille Printer:
There is a Braille Printer in Room 117 on Level 1. This machine is only linked to the computer beside it. Paper for this printer can be obtained from the Information Desk on Level 1.
See the Library Guide for more information on assistive equipment and software.

Modified 12/09/2017
Author: Kimani, Jacqueline