Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology on campus

There are 3 dedicated computing labs available on campus which are set up to run assistive technology and have facilities such as scanners, daylight lamps etc.  In addition, every lab has at least one height adjustable table.

  • Cottrell 2A81/2A79 – these are the more easily accessible of the assistive technology labs being closer to the lecture halls and library than the other two. These labs are also used to run exams and class tests for students who require the use of assistive technology during exams/class test. Therefore they may not be available during the hours of 9 – 6, depending on the number of class tests being held.
  • Pathfoot B8 – this small lab has just three computers with assistive software.  There is only one scanner and a video magnifier and braille embosser for students with a visual impairment.   Pathfoot building is at the entrance to the University, and is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from the main teaching areas on campus.  It is also up a hill. It is ramped but will not suit some students with mobility difficulties.
  • In addition, there are multiple computing labs, available for all students to access. Some assistive technologies can be accessed from any computer on campus e.g. Kurzweil 3000, however the student’s preferred settings such as desktop shortcuts cannot be saved for the next session and they would need to supply their own headphones to use screen reading software.
What technology will suit my needs?

As part of the full needs assessment process, the Accessibility & Inclusion Service can assess if you require access to assistive technology (AT) to facilitate successful study, including in exams and class tests.

The assessment process considers what AT training you may require. Training can be provided by the A&I Service and referral to the Training Adviser will be discussed with you during your appointment. These training sessions not only provide you with the knowledge on how to use the functions of the software or equipment but also how to get the most out of them in the context of your university study. The trainer works with you to identify learning outcomes and tangible, practical applications in your study practices.

Trials and free downloads

Free Software to Support your Learning

Microsoft Office 365

 Includes:‌ Outlook; Word; Excel; PowerPoint; OneNote; Access; Publisher; Lync; InfoPath

The University of Stirling's Microsoft subscription now entitles all Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate students to free Microsoft Office 365 for the duration of study at Stirling.

Further information and download instructions can be found here:

See Microsoft Office 365 training guides.

Sonocent Recorder App

Free recording app for use with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

With the Sonocent Recorder app you can take an accurate record of a meeting, lecture or class without having to write anything down. Instead of the single stream of information you get with standard audio, Sonocent Recorder allows you to break your recording up into sections and add text and photos or delete as you record. It also allows you to highlight important points, actions or audio to return to later.
Further information and download instructions can be found here:

MindGenius -Mind Mapping Software   

MindGenius can be a useful tool for preparing essays, preparing presentations, studying / exam revision and managing tasks. MindGenius allows you to brainstorm & capture ideas, create a visual interpretation of thoughts and structure work.  

The University of Stirling’s MindGenius subscription now entitles all students to a free download.

Further information and download link can be found here:


  • Click on the ‘MindGenius Version 6’ download link
  • Use the InstallShield Wizard to complete installation
  • Once installed, open MindGenius
  • Click ‘activate’ button
  • Enter your name and University email address
  • Enter Licence Number: YG60TM-98479
  • Enter Security Code: 348951649

MindGenius can be accessed on any student PC on campus:

  • Click ‘Start’
  • Type MindGenius (all one word) into the ‘Search Programs and Files’ box
  • Select MindGenius

Training guides can be found here:

MindGenius Getting Started Guide (PDF):  

MindGenius Tutorial (Video):

‌Texthelp Read and Write Gold

Text to speech software

Read and Write is a toolbar containing support tools to assist with reading, researching and writing.  It is particularly useful for students with dyslexia or concentration difficulties and can be beneficial for people with English as a second language.  Text is read aloud from any Word or PDF file as well as any web browser.  Read and Write can improve reading comprehension and retention.  It is a useful tool to aid proof reading writing.    

Read and Write can be accessed on any student PC on campus:

  • Click ‘Start’
  • Type Texthelp into the ‘Search Programs and Files’ box
  • Select Texthelp Read and Write Gold

Further information and a free 30 day trial downloaded can be found here:

Training guides for Read & Write.


MyStudyBar is a toolbar containing a range of support tools, such as:

  • Xmind – mind mapping  
  • Balabolka – text to speech  
  • ssOverlay – screen tinting
  • Lingoes – talking dictionary

You can download and use MyStudyBar straight from a USB stick (if, for example, you are using a machine that is not your own) or you can install it directly to the desktop.
*MyStudyBar is only currently available for Windows.

Further information, download link and training guides can be found here:

Assistive technology training

More information to follow

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