Almost 10% of our students have some kind of disability. We need to make sure we can provide our students with the right level of support to maximise their potential and remove barriers to learning.
The University provides general and condition-specific support to disabled students through Disabled Students’ Assessment and Support, and guidance is available for staff teaching students with conditions such as dyslexia or Asperger Syndrome.
Free to Use Software, Apps and Online Tools for Students
There are a variety of free to use software, apps and online tools available for students. These can aid with academic skills; such as time management, organisation and note taking.
Support worker team
The Support Worker Team coordinates non-medical helper support for disabled students provided by the University of Leeds.
Disabled Students' Assessment and Support
The team offers specialist support for our disabled students to help them with their studies and can offer advice on funding and accommodation.
The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Funding for disabled students
The main source of funding for disabled students from the UK is the Disabled Students' Allowance.
Supporting disabled students
Disabled Students' Assessment and Support, schools and other services have an important role in the support provided to disabled students.
Teaching disabled students
Making our teaching accessible to disabled students, including those studying for research degrees, can benefit all our students.
Disabled students and assessment
Disabled students may need special arrangements for exams and other assessment. Find out how schools and DSAS can help.
Disabled international students
Unlike "home" disabled students, disabled international students are not entitled to UK Government funding for academic support.
Disabled postgraduate research students
The University is experienced in supporting disabled Postgraduate Research students (PGRs). Disabled Students Assessment and Support (DSAS), the individual PGR and their academic School work together to remove any barriers a student may face in their studies; including putting in place reasonable adjustments to the transfer and viva process.