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Assistive technology centres

Assistive TechnologyThe University provides assistive technology services for students with disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.

Students who are registered with Access Solent are entitled to use the assistive technology centre in the Andrews and library learning resource centres.

The assistive technology centre (A013) in the back of the Andrews learning resource centre provides a quieter learning environment, computer workstations with specialist equipment and software, as well as support in using these resources.

Specialist software

Specialist software includes:

  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking - voice recognition software (for demonstration and examination purposes only). Available on 2 PCs - one in Assistive Technology Centre and one in ML206 of the library)
  • Lunar - screen magnifying software (Zoomtext software also available on one PC in ML206 of the library)
  • Inspiration - visual learning tool
  • TextHELP - reading, writing and study skills assistant software.

The assistive technology centres are located in the Andrews learning resource centre and on floor two of the library (ML206 and two PCs in the open area near the IT help desk).

They are accessible during normal library and resource centre opening hours. For further information, please visit the assistive technology centre.

A tutor is generally available each weekday in term-time from 10am – 2pm in the office at the back of the assistive technology centre (A013), alternatively please ask at the Access Solent help desk in the Student Hub (RM050), or phone 023 8201 3201 (ext. 3201).



The Andrews resource centre is readily accessible from the main concourse. There is lift access to the basement learning resource centre in the Matthews building. Facilities on floor two of the library can be accessed by lift.

Special equipment

All computers in the learning resource centres are equipped with large screens, and there are a number of workstations available with electrically operated adjustable tables. Helpdesk staff will be pleased to advise on location and use.

Adjustable desks

All learning resource centres are equipped with several adjustable desks, suitable for use by students in wheelchairs. Wheelchair users have absolute priority on these workstations, which are situated both in open access areas and classrooms.

Induction loop


The Helpdesks are equipped with induction loops to assist students with appropriate hearing aids. 


Page last updated on Friday 4 March 2016 at 10.08am.


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