Disabled students

We 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.

If you live with a non-visible disability, it can be hard to communicate your need for special requirements in a quick way. We want to help our students and staff overcome this challenge, and are introducing the sunflower badge to the University.

What support is available?

There are a number of opportunities for you to meet with us and 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. You can also discuss your needs with an Advisor. If you are attending for an academic interview or an Open Day, it may be possible to meet with an Advisor. Please contact us to make an appointment.

Organising your support

We provide a wide range of support for our students with disabilities; this will vary according to need. To enable us to put support in place we need you to provide us with evidence of your disability. This is usually in the form of a doctor's letter, an Educational Psychologist’s report or an audiogram.

Please send your evidence together with the completed Evidence Return Sheet. If you would like advice about acceptable evidence please contact us.

Once you have provided evidence, we can put a Support Plan in place containing reasonable adjustments to the way you are taught or assessed, these could include:

Disabled Students' Allowance

As well as reasonable adjustments you might also be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). DSA is available from your funding body and pays for the additional support that students need for university. Our experience shows that students really benefit from the support of DSA. For help with applying for DSA, please contact the Disability Officer at your university. It can take up to three months to get your DSA, so you should apply for it as soon as you have applied for a course.