If you were born Deaf, or have become deaf later in life, support is available to you whilst you are studying at the University.

We all know that going to university is a major step and we are keen to support you so that your time with us is enjoyable and successful. 

The Student Wellbeing Team are experienced in supporting students and will be able to guide you through the process of getting the support you need throughout your studies. 

We work with qualified BSL Interpreters who have a wide knowledge and experience of interpreing in a full range of both theory and practise based subjects. We are able to provide a flexible service and work closely with lecturers, and the Support Coordination Service to continuously improve and develop our service. 

When you arrive at the University of Derby, interpreting support can be booked for your Welcome Week activities. We will contact your lecturers for course materials so that you can prepare before your lectures and seminars. You can also book interpreters for anything extra to your timetable, for example, a tutorial with a lecturer or a meeting with a subject librarian. 

Student Services staff are passionate about making the University of Derby a great place to study for all of our students. We know from experience that students sometimes benefit from extra support, therefore we encourage you to talk to us about this as early as possible. Once you do this, we can provide you with access to a wide range of support that will enable you to make the most of your time at university. 

There are a number of opportunities for you to meet with an advisor to start setting up support before you start your course. A visit to the university can be arranged for you to get a feel for the facilities and accommodation. If you are attending an academic interview or an applicant or open day you can also arrange to meet with an advisor to discuss your needs. 

You can do this by sending a text message to 07950 080715 and/or emailing studentwellbeing@derby.ac.uk.

On this website you can also find information on how to prepare for university, what to expect in your first week and other information that might be useful once you have arrived at university.