Disability and dyslexia
Our team of advisers are based within Student Support to provide information, advice and guidance. You don't need an appointment, you can just
contact us by dropping in during opening times or by email or telephone.
Student Support has specialist disability advisers to provide you
with advice and guidance on a range of disability support services at all three of
We recognise that students may have very different needs and we strongly
advise you contact us to discuss
these. You will have a named adviser who can provide on-going information,
advice and guidance throughout your studies.
Our services include academic and learning support and financial support.
If you are a home student and have a formal diagnosis then you are probably
eligible to claim Disabled Students' Allowance
(DSA). This allowance might help with the cost of items of assistive technology
and more importantly, non-medical helpers such as a buddy during your first
weeks here to help orientate you and then weekly meetings with a mentor.
Dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLD)
If you think you may have dyslexia or a SpLD
Dyslexia is a specific type of learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristics of dyslexia include difficulties in areas such as the awareness of the sound structure of spoken words, verbal memory and verbal processing speed.
Physical, hearing or visual impairment
We will work with you to establish the support you require if you have a:
Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers Syndrome
We will work with you to establish the support you require, this may
- a campus assistant to help with orientation and settling in, including
accessing social events during your initial time at University
- liaison with your department regarding your impairment and adjustments they
can make to help you access the course
- information regarding accommodation
- advice on the assistance provided by Student
- liaison with social services if appropriate
- your named adviser can give you more information on
learning support and examination arrangements
- coversheets for your assignments, these advise
what consideration you are to be given for your written work
Other disabilities and long-term medical conditions
You don't have to disclose to the University if you have a disability or
long-term medical condition but we encourage you to tell us. We are a
confidential service, if you want to discuss you can
contact us. We won't advise anyone else without your consent.
We will work with you to establish the support you require. This may include:
Mental health can vary from person to person and can range from a person's ability to deal with the day to day worries and stresses of life to more serious long-term conditions.
Mental health difficulties are very common and it is thought that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem every year.
If you are experiencing difficulties with your
mental health or are worried about the mental health of a flatmate or friend then
If you are a new student or applying to the University, please
contact us to discuss your specific requirements. We can also arrange a tour
of the campus including accessible accommodation.
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan
If you might have difficulties evacuating your accommodation or the teaching
buildings in an emergency, we recommend you meet with the Fire Safety Officer to
agree a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan
(PEEP). Please contact the Health and
Safety Advisory Office to arrange a meeting at the start of your programme
of study or if you become injured during your course.
If you think you may have dyslexia or a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), or if you have already been diagnosed, our Student Support team can provide
you with advice and support to help you with your studies.
Sometimes life at university can be difficult. You may feel homesick, worried about money or pressures of study, or that you are 'not fitting in'. These feelings are common but
can develop into mental health problems. If you feel
like this we can help you.
You may be eligible to apply for funding to help cover the costs incurred for additional support and resources as a result of your diagnosed disability or mental health
condition. Find out what financial support could be available to you.
Once you are registered with Student Support, we can help to put in place support and arrangements for your day to day studies and exams. Find out what
academic and learning support you could be eligible to receive.