University of Derby Assessment Centre (UDAC)

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. UDAC will charge students a single assessment fee, which will cover all work required for the duration of course study. 

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

Needs assessments take place at our Derby and Buxton campuses. 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.

UDAC is registered and certified with Disabled Students Allowances Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) and is a member of the National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC).

Disabled Students Allowances Quality Assurance logo and National Network of Assessment Centres logo


Upon recieving formal approval to assess from Student Finance England, we're currently able to offer assessments to students within 15 working days of contact with UDAC.

Please complete the UDAC - Pre-Assessment Questionnaire and return this by email to along with the DSA1 eligibility letter from your funding body, medical evidence and your availability.

The UDAC information sheet should help you to complete 'Section 4 – equipment specification details' of the pre-assessment questionnaire (PAQ).

Assessment appointments

Monday - Thursday:

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


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


  • 10am-12pm
  • 12pm-2pm


  • 10am-12pm
  • 12pm-2pm

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

Needs Assessment Reports will be sent to the relevant funding body within 10-15 working days. This is in line with the expectations of the Disabled Students Allowances Quality Assurance Group.

The cost of the assessment will be £625, however, you do not need to pay this amount as the cost is met by your funding body.

Find us

Derby Campus

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

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)1332 593000

Opening hours

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

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