University of Derby Assessment Centre (UDAC)

Assessment Appointments

  • Please email with the DSA1 eligibility letter from the funding body, the medical evidence that supports the DSA1 letter, the intended course name and institution name, a contact telephone number and availability for an assessment
  • We will send out a pre-assessment questionnaire (PAQ) for students to complete. The PAQ will allow the needs assessor to prepare for the DSA assessment and it helps them to complete the DSA report after the appointment too
  • Please note, in line with current government guidance assessments are currently taking place via remote delivery. Students have the option of an appointment by phone-call or by video-call. For further guidance on looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak, Student Minds have published resources that are designed for people in the university community

Monday - Thursday:

  • 9am-11am
  • 11am-1pm
  • 1pm-3pm
  • 3pm-5pm
  • 5pm-7pm


  • 10am-12pm
  • 12pm-2pm
  • 2pm-4pm

Assessments are likely to last around 1 hour 30 minutes but may take up to a maximum of 2 hours.


At the University of Derby Assessment Centre (UDAC) we carry out study needs assessments for UK students eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) aiming to study here or at any other university.

DSA is funding that can help with equipment, assistive software, support workers and travel. Students must be able to provide formal evidence of their disability, to obtain permission to assess. There is a single assessment fee of £660 which covers all work required for the duration of course study. Students do not pay this fee as the cost is met by their funding body. 

You may be entitled to apply for DSA if you have:

  • a disability
  • a specific learning difference – like dyslexia
  • an ongoing health condition
  • a mental health condition

Needs assessments take place at our Derby campus. We also have partnerships with other universities where assessments are carried out and issued through UDAC. If this is impractical, assessments may be conducted at alternative locations to meet the needs of the student.

For help with applying for DSA, please contact the Disability Officer at your university.

Upon receiving formal approval to assess from your funding body, we're currently able to offer assessments to students within 15 working days of contact with UDAC. Needs Assessment Reports will be sent to the relevant funding body within 10-15 working days.

Opening Hours 

Monday - Thursday: 9:30am-4pm
Friday: 9:30am-3:30pm

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)1332 593000

Find us

Derby Campus

Student Wellbeing
Student Wellbeing Centre, T Block
University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

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