Our support strategy involves fixing any reported problems and actively testing developments to our system within the browser versions specified in the table below:
|Google Chrome||Latest Stable|
Browsers should also be set to:
- Accept cookies. Cookies are used to login and save personal settings for features within SCHOLAR.
- Allow pop-ups.
- Allow Flash for SCHOLAR urls.
The plug-ins required to view all the content within SCHOLAR are listed below. We will only be supporting versions of the plug-ins that are supported by the vendor itself. It is therefore advised you download the latest version from the vendor sites and keep yourself updated:
If you have Flash installed but are unable to see Flash content, you may need to allow Flash content in your browser by adding SCHOLAR to your trusted sites. Follow the links below to get instructions for your browser
|Chrome||Enable for Chrome|
|IE||Enable for Internet Explorer|
|Firefox||Enable for Firefox|
|iOs and Android||Use Puffin Acadmey Browser - see instructions below|
SCHOLAR on the go
Adobe has officially dropped Flash Player support for mobile devices. Since our content still contains a large number of Flash activities the Puffin Academy Browser can be used to view Flash content on iOS and Android devices.
The Puffin Academy Browser is a freely available browser for both Android and iOS devices. You can install Puffin Academy Browser from one of the following app stores:
To get round the issue of circumventing web filtering policies it only accepts URLs from a whitelist of approved sites. This means you will be unable to edit the URL bar, instead you can make use of Bookmarks to get access to SCHOLAR:
- Select "Add Bookmarks" from Puffin Academy options
- Set the name to: SCHOLAR
- Set the location to: http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/login
- Click save
- Select "Bookmarks" from Puffin Academy options
- Select "SCHOLAR" from the list of Bookmarks
Traffic Light System
We provide a facility to check your system has the correct plug-ins and a browser that we support. Below is an example of this facility, which is also located on our login page.
You can check your system now by pressing the check system link. The check will normally only take a few seconds and the results can be viewed once complete.
Click here to start the system checker.
Special Character Bar
In addition to Browser and Plug-in requirements another tool is available for language students who need help entering characters not found on an English keyboard. The SCHOLAR Special Character Bar is available for PC and MAC and provides the necessary characters for French, German, Spanish, Gaelic and Mandarin. Log in to SCHOLAR and follow the link in the Tools side menu for the latest version.
In addition to this technical requirments page we also provide further information within the Technical Requirements (June 2014) PDF document.