Access Centre

Providing regional needs assessment and assistive technology training service to disabled people in higher education or employment.

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Access Centre
Disability Services
Old Technical Institute
Smalls Wynd
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN

Old Technical Institute (OTI)

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Disability Services

The Access Centre is part of Disability Services at Dundee University. We provide a regional needs assessment service to disabled students in higher education. or employment We are validated by the Scottish Government to undertake needs assessments for students who are eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). 

Learn about the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Assessments are typically arranged following a referral from the student’s funding authority. Students can make an informed choice about a range of 'high' tech, 'low' tech, and 'no' tech strategies to support their study-related needs.

The Access Centre consists of a confidential assessment room with excellent facilities for the evaluation of a wide range of enabling technologies for physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, including dyslexia. Needs assessments can also be provided remotely to meet students’ needs.

Access Centre facilities include:

This equipment is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect advances in assistive and mainstream technology.

Assessments undertaken by the Access Centre are independent of all manufacturers and suppliers of assistive technology, and the Centre provides unbiased, individualised recommendations for appropriate technical support. Students can make an informed choice to suit their needs from the range of potentially useful equipment.

For students who are eligible for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), the cost of the assessment service provided by the Access Centre is funded by their student funding authority (e.g. SAAS). Referrals to the Access Centre must be approved by the student's funding authority, their institution or another funding source before an assessment can be undertaken.

We are recognised as an accredited DSA needs assessment centre by student funding authorities, including:

  • Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
  • Student Finance England
  • Student Finance Wales
  • Higher Education Authority (Ireland)
  • UK Research Councils


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