Assistive technology

The University provides a wide range of accessibility software and hardware to support disabled students whilst studying.

Assistive technology available at the University

The video below outlines what assistive technology is available.

Making your existing equipment work better for you

Most devices have accessibility features that will provide adaptations. Abilitynet provides an excellent step-by-step guide to the adjustments you can make to your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone to make it easier for you to use.

If you are entitled to disability-related funding, such as Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), speak to your DSA needs assessor about your specific equipment and software requirements.

Additional DSA equipment

If you require equipment that hasn’t been agreed as part of your Disabled Student Allowance entitlement, you’ll need to contact your Needs assessor to discuss your requirements. The details of your needs assessor can be found on the front page of your Needs assessment report.

Upgrading your DSA equipment

If you want to upgrade your equipment you’ll need to pay any extra costs. To upgrade, contact the supplier named on your funding approval letter to discuss what equipment you would prefer. The supplier will tell you if this meets the minimum specification and if it will run your recommended software. They’ll also advise on the extra costs for the upgrade. The supplier will then invoice your Disabled Student Allowance funding provider, for example, Student Finance England for the amount they have agreed to cover with your Disabled Student Allowance, and will then invoice you for the extra costs for the upgrade.

Issues with your DSA equipment

If you experience any issues with your equipment while it’s under warranty, you’ll need to contact your equipment supplier.

Speak to a Disability coach

If you are unable to find the answer to your query on our web pages, please visit our Disability Coaches drop-in during term time from 11am-3pm in the Alsop Building, University Square (no appointment needed).