Assistive Technology Suite

  • Appointments this week, 18-22 February 2019

    Due to illness, there will be no appointments at Headington or Harcourt this week. Please email before coming to drop-in on Thursday at Headington. Harcourt students might want to email to arrange a Hangouts session rather than wait until 6 March.

    The Assistive Technology Suites house learning technology for exclusive independent use by students who are registered with the Disability and Dyslexia/SpLD Services.

    Contact us on for more information or about registering for access.

    All students can use drop-ins or book a slot in an ATS to discuss and explore potential tools to help your studies. Come along to find out what technology you can use at Brookes:

    • extra features in the programs you use all the time
    • AT software available on the network PCs (Apps Anywhere)
    • recommendations for study-related apps for mobile phones and tablets

    Drop-ins / booked slots

    During semester time, we have weekly drop-ins and bookable 30 minute slots in the ATS to look at software and equipment to aid study.

  • Tuesdays 11.00am – 12.30pm - Bookable slots, JHBB Headington

    Thursdays 12.30 – 2.30pm - Drop-ins, JHBB Headington 

    Note:  NO Drop-in 7th Feb 2019 at Headington Campus.

    Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange a session.

    Assistive Technology Suite - John Henry Brookes Building

    Wednesdays from 11.30am - Drop-in and bookable slots alternate weeks at Wheatley Campus - H205, in the library.

    Starting on 30th January 2019 and continuing during Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 of  Semester 2.

    Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange a session.

    Wheatley Campus

    Wednesdays from 11.30am - Drop-in and bookable slots alternate weeks, Harcourt Hill, Block G, Lower ground - G.LG04.

    No sessions on 6th Feb 2019 but continuing in Brookes Weeks 4 (20th Feb 2019), 6, 8, 10, 12.

    Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange a session.

    Harcourt Hill Campus

    Swindon Campus, Joel Joffe Library (JOF.G.09b) can be booked for a Google Hangouts session looking at Assistive Technology.

    Tuesday - Thursday, 9.30 – 11.30am and 2.00 – 3.30pm

    Wednesday later appointments may be available.

    Note:  8, 9,10th, 22nd and 24th Jan 2019 AT support will be available. 

    Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange a session.

    Swindon Campus

    Joel Joffe Library

  • Other times are available upon request - use the enquiry form to contact us.

    New software for study

    • Mindview - mind mapping software now available in all ATS. 
    • Sensus Access - convert files to an accessible format and suitable file text in to MP3 audio, available on the internet via Library pages.  

    Training and events

    To keep up to date with new features and web-based training, sign up to the Assistive Technology Forum (assistive-tech-forum) for information or email

    Visit the student development events and workshops page to see a full list of events for students.

    What is available in the ATS?

    Some of the technology available in the ATS includes:

    • mind mapping software that helps you plan essays and revise for exams
    • text to speech software and headphones so that you can listen to electronic text read aloud
    • scanners to convert print into electronic text, which can then be listened to
    • screen reading software which reads out the whole screen
    • screen magnification software which expands a part of the screen so it can be seen more easily
    • magnifiers which display enlarged images of books
    • ergonomic equipment such as ergonomic chairs, keyboards, mice and adjustable desks
    • speech to text software that writes down what you say

    If you would like to use the room, please contact your disability or dyslexia/SpLD adviser.