Accessibility and assistive technology

We offer a range of support to ensure that our facilities and services are accessible to disabled students and those with a Specific Learning Difficulty for example dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD.

We provide help and advice on how to use our services and work closely with Disability Support Services where specific adjustments are needed. Please ask any member of staff about how to access these services.

Find out how to access and use: 

  • assistive software and accessibility features within software, browsers and devices
  • assistive hardware and study spaces including magnifiers, IT, adjustable desks and assistive technology rooms
  • alternative formats

Share your thoughts on our Assistive Technology Rooms and Enhanced Support Rooms with our feedback form




Networked assistive software

As a student at the University of Nottingham you have access to a range of assistive software to help you with your studies. The following software packages are available on all networked PCs.

Accessibility settings in software

There are a number of accessibility features freely available in programs such as Microsoft Word, and across platforms such as smartphones and browsers.

For example, did you know that you can:

  • change the background colour of a page to make it easier to read
  • have your device read text out loud to you, or talk to your laptop and have it type up your words
  • navigate long documents quickly, without scrolling
  • increase magnification of a document without having to scroll left and right to read each line. 

Visit our Accessibility Matters guide to find out how to make the most of the accessibility features in programs, browsers and devices.

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Hardware and study spaces

Various assistive hardware is available throughout our libraries. Click on the link to find out more and their location.

  • Magnifiers - including video magnifier and portable electronic magnifier
  • IT equipment - including scanners, printers (including low height devices) and various mice and keyboards
  • General use equipment - including coloured overlays, foot rests, adjustable height desks, writing slopes and wrist supports

Height-adjustable desks

Some of our libraries have height-adjustable desks available in open access areas (as well as in dedicated rooms).

To see a list of spaces available for booking, tick the Accessible Seat/Space box when searching on Click and Study

Assistive Technology Rooms (ATRs)

Students who are eligible for our Enhanced Library Support service can book and use the Assistive Technology rooms located in libraries. 

There are six ATRs across five libraries and each has a mix of facilities. 

Visit our ATR webpage to find out more.

How to book

Assistive Technology Rooms should be booked online via Click and Study.

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Alternative formats

This service produces accessible resource materials for disabled students who cannot access standard text.

Students needing AFS support must be referred by Disability Support Services.

Alternative formats service

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King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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