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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Assistive Technology

What is assistive technology?

Assistive Technology is the term used for specialist equipment or computer software, which allows you to increase the quality and consistency of your work.

If you have a disability or long-term medical condition, you may be recommended to use Assistive Technology to assist you in your studies, help and information is provided by the Disability Support service.

We offer a range of Assistive Technology to support your specific requirements. Some of our services are suitable for specific staff or students whilst others are available to all.

What Assistive Technology is available?

There is a wide range of Assistive Technology available at Durham, from functionality available within tools such as Microsoft 365 to specialist items provided based on individual users' requirements. The following information is a summary of the technologies available at the University

Some assistive software is available to all users through the Appsanywhere system including Mindview, My Study bar and Office 365 assistive tools.

Hearing Loop system

All our lecturer rooms have inferred hearing loop systems and portable loop systems are available in areas around the campus.

Study Rooms

Durham University Library provides 5 study rooms for the use of University members registered with Disability Support.

These rooms are equipped with assistive software and hardware and can be booked out at the Bill Bryson Library.

These rooms provide a wide selection of assistive software as detailed below.

These rooms are also equipped with the following hardware and ergonomic equipment.

  • Wireless technology
  • Height adjustable desks
  • Adaptable chairs
  • Adjustable footrests
  • Kneeling stools
  • Document holders
  • Angle poise lamps
  • Hand held magnifiers
  • Networked PC2 with large monitors

Bill Bryson Library : There are four DS Rooms on Level 1 in the West Wing of the Bill Bryson Library.
ISC Library: Room D236 in the Library, on Level 2 of the Ebsworth Building.

Find out more about our assistive technology study rooms by clicking link below.

Large Print Keyboards and large monitors available in the Bill Bryson library computer rooms.

We can provide equipment for registered students who require assistance during exams.

We can provide

  • Ergonomic keyboards & mice
  • Flat & large key keyboards
  • Track ball mice
  • Large screen monitors
  • Adjustable desks
  • Dragon naturally Speaking, a member of CIS staff will meet with the student before the exam period and set up their profile on a dedicated PC for their exams
  • Jaws for Windows

What specialist support is available?

Student Disability Service

Disability Support offers advice and guidance to both prospective and current students within the University. We also arrange appropriate provision for disabled students, as well as offer support to those who think they may have a disability. For more information visit the Disability Service website.


Any staff member requiring help or advice with assistive technology should contact the CIS Service desk.

If you require specialist advice or resources to assist you in the workplace please speak to your line manager regarding a referral to Occupational Health.