Alternative Formats

Alternative Formats

Electronic versions of texts

The University is able to provide a wide variety of alternative formats for disabled students. We will work with individuals to establish their needs and seek to provide the best possible format. If you require an electronic version of a text, please email with details of the book or paper that you need. We seek to source or create these as soon as possible but some can be difficult to obtain and we will advise you if this is the case. Any electronic text can be read with a text-to-speech reader. You can find more information about these on our Reading page in Study Skills.

Sensus Access:

This is an online service operated by the University Library for print-disabled students and staff, which allows you to convert your files into a format you may find more accessible or useful.

For example, you can convert a PDF into a Word document and then you can change the font, the size, the colour and add annotations, and also use it with text-to-speech software; or you could convert a text file or webpage into an audio file and listen to it whilst you travel, go for a walk or cook a meal. Note that the files you create are for yourself only and not for sharing on your course.

Sensus Access – video instructions

Sensus Access direct link

Alternative formats in Moodle:

Most courses have a course area in Moodle. If files are uploaded into Moodle, we have a service which is able to convert the file into another format. A letter A with a downward-facing arrow indicates that you can obtain the file in a different format, and clicking on / selecting the A shows you the other formats available. Typically, this will include:

  • PDF
  • HTML (like a webpage)
  • Electronic Braille (BRF)
  • Audio
  • Immersive Reader
  • Translation

Contact us for accessible format support:

If you require any other type of alternative format, please contact