Disability Support Disability Support

The aim of the Disability Service (and the wider Student Support Service) is to assist students so that they are able to realise their potential, participate fully in university life and be well prepared for their future.  These pages provide a guide to the services offered to students with disabilities and to those seeking assessment for specific learning difficulties.  

Our services are available to all students who have a condition that has a 'substantial adverse effect on the conduct of daily life' ('disability' as defined by the Equality Act 2010).  In the university context this includes reading, writing, attendance at lectures, taking exams, making notes, working in groups, giving presentations and so forth. We also support students prior to diagnosis.

What we can assist with?

  • Information and advice on planning for university life and study
  • Specialist study skills tuition
  • Access and accommodation requirements
  • Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) applications and process
  • Assessment of study support needs
  • Examination arrangements
  • Accessing to relevant local services and advice to your home Social Services providers
  • Provision additional study support
  • Loan laptops and other equipment
  • Assistance for Fresher’s Week and with registration if required
  • Campus orientation
  • Liaison with Faculties and Schools of Study
  • 1:1 confidential counselling
  • 1:1 advice and guidance meetings with a mental health or disability adviser

Please note: we do need to have evidence of your disability before any reasonable adjustments or services can be provided for you.


Information about accessing a wellbeing advisory appointment or advice can be found on the main wellbeing page.

Initial appointments are about 30 minutes and subsequent appointments will be made according to need.

Click here for the details of the Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) for 2018/19 (reviewed during each summer). DLOs are academics in your schools of study and can help you with matters related to your course and effects of disability or specific learning difficulty.

Click here to read the personal experience of one of our students.

Before You Arrive



Autistic Spectrum Conditions



Whilst You are Here



Disabled Students' Allowances



Assessment & Support for SpLD



Links to Useful Resources