All students at the University have access to:

  • Ground floor - computer rooms CG25 and CG26
  • Second floor - computer rooms C2.01 and C2.02
  • Cavendish library - Third, fourth and fifth-floor floors have study areas with PCs and MACs

Available software

Computer rooms on your campus offer a variety of popular software packages, as well as specialist software for the subjects taught there.


All PC lab machines run Windows 10 as standard and, in addition, most University applications are made available via the AppsAnywhere portal.

The AppsAnywhere portal will launch when you log in to a PC in one of our learning spaces - you'll just need to:

  1. Log in with your normal University credentials and a list of applications will be displayed.
  2. Hover over the application you want, click 'launch' and this will start the Cloudpaging Player.
  3. In the Cloudpaging Player, select the application and click 'launch'.

For full instructions, download the AppsAnywhere guide:

Specialist software

Find out more about the specialist computer rooms and software provision at Cavendish Campus for Science and Technology students in the School of Computer Science & Engineering, School of Life Sciences and School of Social Sciences.

Where license regulations allow, students and staff can download free software from our dedicated download areas.

Assistive technology and equipment

Networked software

All networked PCs at the University have the software listed below.

  • JAWS v.13 – Developed for blind and partially sighted people, JAWS reads aloud what is on the computer screen. For user guides visit the Jaws website.
  • Mind View v.6 – ‘Mind mapping’ software and can help you organise your thoughts and plan your assignments. This can be useful to all students, but particularly to those with dyslexia.
  • TextHelp Read and Write 10 – Offers reading and writing support, including text to speech, phonetic spell checker and word prediction, as well as the ability to change the colour/contrast of the screen.
  • Windows Narrator – A lightweight screen reader.
  • Microsoft Magnifier – An onscreen magnifier.
  • Sensus Access – Allows you to convert file formats (eg a Word document to an audio file) and is available via the Learning Resources tab in Blackboard.

Software on dedicated computers

Password-protected dedicated PCs are available at Cavendish Campus on the 3rd floor and 5th floor group study spaces. They have the following software:

  • Zoomtext v.9.1 – A screen magnifier designed for people with visual impairments. You can magnify a whole screen or move a magnifying ‘square’ around the screen. Find out more about this on the Zoomtext website.
  • Abbyy Fine Reader v.10 – Abbyy Fine Reader is OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. Use it to create editable and searchable electronic files from scanned paper documents, PDFs and digital photographs. You can find out more on the Abbyy Fine Reader website.


Each library provides access to height-adjustable tables. 

The library cannot guarantee specific study space for students with disabilities outside the assistive technology machines that are provided in each library. Please refer to your disability adviser with any issues around your use of the library study space.

Problems with software or IT equipment?

If you have any problems related to software or equipment, you can log a ticket with the IT Service Desk or give them a call on 020 7915 5488.