What should I do before I enrol to ensure support is arranged for the start of my course?
If you feel that you may have individual access or escape issues, we ask that you speak to the Disability team as soon as possible to allow for consideration of these before the start of your course.
For all other types of support requirements, we also encourage you to contact the Disability & SpLD team before you start.
What about funding?
In many cases:
- UK students applying for higher education courses may be able to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance.
- Students applying for further education courses can have their needs assessed at the University and we will in turn provide support where possible.
If you are in any doubt about financial arrangements or funding please visit the Disability & SpLD team.
You cannot claim the disabled student allowance if you do not have home residency status.
You should see what other funding may be available through grant giving trusts and charities. Information on this is provided by the Specialist Advisers and Careers Advisers. Further information on fees, funding and support for international students can also be found on the UKCISA website.
What is a DSA needs assessment?
The aim of the DSA needs assessment is to discuss and recommend the type of support you might require on your course. There are several Needs Assessment Access Centres around the country.
How do I declare a disability or additional support need?
You can declare a disability or support need on your application, once you have accepted a place, once you have enrolled or at any time during your course.
If you have already started your course, you should contact the Disability team via the Gateway desk located in the Library.
What support is available for students with a disability?
We have a team of experienced and trained support staff including Learning Support Assistants, Mentors, Communication Support Workers and Specialist Study Skills Tutors who work with students on a one-to-one basis on areas of need.
Learning Support Managers are also able to arrange reasonable adjustments that you may need.
For example, adjustments for students who are deaf or hard of hearing include:
- installation of loop systems in all new lecture theatres
- improved signage across all colleges to aid the location of facilities
- providing special communication and safety equipment in the halls of residence
- co-ordinating support such as interpreter, communication support worker and/or notetaker
The Disability team will be happy to arrange for a dedicated parking permit for students with mobility difficulties.