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.
Through Disabled Students' Assessment and Support (DSAS), disabled students have access to a named disability co-ordinator, liaison with academic departments, sign language interpreting and alternative examination arrangements, extended library loans, loan of equipment and adaptations to University accommodation.
DSAS can also advise students on sources of funding and help them fill in the necessary forms.
DSAS is made up of several teams:
Leeds Assessment Centre
Leeds Assessment Centre is based in the University and is a member of the National Network of Assessment Centres and is registered with Disabled Students' Allowances Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG).
Staff in the team carry out needs assessments for students applying for Disabled Students' Allowances and help identify the most appropriate support to meet each student's needs.
The Centre is open to students applying to or studying at any UK higher education institution, not just those at or intending to come to Leeds.
Disability Coordinator team
The Disability Coordinator Team provide support, advice and expertise to the University and students on the policy and specific educational adjustments needed to enable disabled students to fully access their education. The Team work with academic schools and services, and with individual students.
|Assistant Head of Student Support||
0113 34 36994
|Disability Coordinator (Medicine and Health, and Environment)||Sheenagh Hull|
|Disability Coordinator (Arts, The Language Centre, Lifelong Learning and Interfaculty)||Simon Phillips|
|Disability Coordinator (Biological Sciences, MaPS and Engineering)||Harriet Cannon|
|Disability Coordinator (ESSL)||Joanna Cannon|
|Disability Coordinator (PVAC and LUBS)||Jenny Brady|
|Administration Officer||Helen Wilson|
The University has a network of disability contacts within academic schools and faculties. Once disabled students have received a Needs Assessment, a copy of the assessment report is sent to the relevant disability contact.
The disability contact is then responsible for working with relevant staff members, including personal tutors and module leaders, to ensure that appropriate arrangements are put in place for the student within the department. Disability contacts carry out this role on a part-time basis and these responsibilities sit alongside their other academic and/or non-academic responsibilities. Disability contacts are welcome to contact the DSAS team at any stage if they have any questions about the access requirements of an individual student.
0113 343 8200
0113 343 4273
Martin Stacey (academic contact)
0113 343 3145
Debbie Senior (undergraduate contact)
0113 343 4477
Diana Holmes (Administrative contact)
0113 343 7374
Katie Powers (taught postgraduate contact)
0113 343 0201
Yawen Ho (postgraduate contact)
0113 343 2788
|Chemical and Process Engineering||
0113 343 2694
0113 343 0465
0113 343 2246
0113 343 5821
0113 343 6420
0113 343 3700
|Distance Learning Centre||
0113 343 8901
|Earth and Environment||
0113 343 6722
0113 343 7300
0113 343 1236
|Electronic and Electrical Engineering||
0113 343 6331
0113 343 7859
|Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies||
0113 343 5260
|Food Science and Nutrition||
0113 343 0975
Claire Gorner (undergraduate and taught postgraduate contact)
0113 343 3303
0113 343 9440
Jacqui Manton (research postgraduate administrator)
0113 343 6531
Joanne Lay (nursing)
0113 343 7187
0113 343 36770
0113 343 7236
0113 343 3245
0113 343 3251
|Languages, Cultures and Societies||
0113 343 3421
0113 343 9584
|Leeds Institute of Medical Education||
Jenny Nansera (BSc Radiology)
0113 343 7491
|Lifelong Learning Centre||
0113 343 2609
0113 343 5140
0113 343 2127
|Media and Communication|
0113 343 4335
Emma Bates (BSc Radiography)
0113 343 8315
Heather Marquis (BSc Healthcare Sciences- Cardiac, Physiology and Audiology)
0113 343 7234
0113 343 2546
|Performance and Cultural Industries||
0113 343 2546
|Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science||
0113 343 0249
|Physics and Astronomy||
Jiannis Pachos (academic contact)
0113 343 3817
0113 343 3429
|Politics and International Studies||
0113 343 9205
0113 343 4570
0113 343 9849
0113 343 5721
|Sociology and Social Policy||
Suzanne Hallam (undergraduate and postgraduate contact)
0113 343 4455
Richard Tavernier (foundation year contact)
0113 343 9109
0113 343 5341
0113 343 4656
Support worker team
We employ a large number of support workers to provide different types of one-to-one support for disabled students. This includes personal assistants, note-taker support, mentoring and study strategy tuition. The Support Worker Team manages this function.
|Support Worker Team Manager||
0113 34 4399
|Support Worker Officer||
0113 34 37547
|Support Worker Assistant||
0113 34 34672
Advice for staff
DSAS can offer advice, guidance and support to members of staff who are supporting a disabled student. This can be done without disclosing the students name if necessary.
If you wish to refer a student to DSAS you can either:
- ask the student to come for drop-in, or to make a guidance appointment.
- contact DSAS directly to discuss the referral, and ask us to contact the student.
The DSAS team can offer bespoke training for academic staff on supporting students with specific disabilities.