Services for Disabled Students

Disability Services offers confidential support services to all disabled students to ensure they are not disadvantaged when undertaking their course. Please contact us so we can discuss your particular requirements and to arrange the support you require. Please note that you do not need to register with Disability Services in order to speak to one of our Advisers in confidence.


What is a disability?

Under the Equality Act, the term 'disability' includes a wide range of physical and sensory impairments, mental health difficulties and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Find out more about what we mean by 'disability' under Definition of Disability.

What information do I need to provide?

To receive the most appropriate support you are encouraged to register with Disability Services as soon as possible and to provide us with confirmation of your disability from a recognised practitioner e.g. your Doctor or Consultant. If you have Dyslexia, or another Specific Learning Disability, you may need a full assessment by a Chartered Psychologist. Please contact our Dyslexia Service for further details. It is also helpful if you can provide copies of any previous needs assessment reports or support plans if you have these. This information will not be shared with anyone outside of Disability Services unless you request this, in line with our confidentiality policy.

Who will you tell about my disability?

Our services are confidential and we ask students' permission to enable us to disclose their individual support requirements to specific University staff in order for appropriate support to be put in place. We share information on the reasonable adjustments staff should make to accommodate your disability-related needs via the Disability Support Officer in your School. We do not share any further details of the nature of your disability or any confidential reports without your consent.

What support is available?

The type of support offered will depend on the individual nature of your disability and an assessment of your needs. Our aim is to enable disabled students to identify the most appropriate support for their individual needs in the context of their chosen course of study and, ultimately, to enable them to develop independent support strategies as far as possible.

Disabled students are encouraged to discuss their support requirements with one of our Advisers as soon as possible. In this way, the most appropriate support can be identified, implemented as far as possible and modified in response to the student's individual needs. Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment to see one of our Advisers. This is particularly important if you require any adjustments to examination arrangements. Please see our range of services for further details about the additional support available. 

What is the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)?

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is an additional allowance available to UK students who incur additional expenditure because of their disability. It can contribute to the cost of support such as specialist equipment, personal assistance and travel to enable you to do your course. Further details are available on our DSA page.


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