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.
Disabled students may need special arrangements for exams and other assessment. Find out how schools and Disability Services can help.
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.
Support worker team
The Support Worker Team coordinates non-medical helper support for disabled students provided by the University of Leeds.
Disability contacts in schools
The University has a network of Disability Contacts within academic schools, faculties, and services.
Funding for disabled students
The main source of funding for disabled students from the UK is the Disabled Students' Allowance.
Supporting disabled students
Disability Services, 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 international students
Unlike "home" disabled students, disabled international students are not entitled to UK Government funding for academic support.
Disabled postgraduate researchers
The University is experienced in supporting disabled Postgraduate Researchers (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.
Accessible written materials
Design documents and written materials in ways that will make them accessible to as many people as possible.