Computing and Assistive Software


There are PCs and a limited number of Macs that you can use in the in the main library and in the Level 0 Learning Space.

Due to COVID-19 safety measures you will need to book a slot at Resource Booker to use the computers in the main library. You can book 2 weeks ahead up to a maximum of two hours per day. The Level 0 Learning space is available on a drop in basis. 

See the Work at Home site for more information about available software to use at home.

High Spec PCs

These machines are available on Level 0 of the main library and in the Level 0 Learning Space. 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

Assistive Software

MindViewAvailable on all university computers

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

MindView Guide

TextHELP Read&Write - Available on all university computers

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 
ReadWrite Guide

Glean - License by request 

Glean is a note taking tool which is designed to improve your learning and productivity. It allows you to combine audio recordings with multimedia notes – you can:

  • Take notes in class with online learning
  • Capture audio, text and slides in one place
  • React in real-time with Quick Labels
  • Quickly navigate audio using speech bubbles

For more information see their website.

Please note; We hold a limited number of licences for Glean and we grant access by application to those who have declared a disability to us and international students – please contact for more information

See the Library Guide for more information on assistive equipment and software.