Supporting disabled students

Disability Services, schools and other services have an important role in the support provided to disabled students.

What type of support is available?

Students can access a range of support services, subject to availability and suitability, without applying for additional funding. These include:

  • receiving handouts and lecture presentations in advance
  • access to campus-based computers with assistive technology (including text-to-speech, mind-mapping and magnification software)
  • the loan of equipment (for example, digital voice recorders)
  • adaptations to University accommodation
  • modified examination arrangements
  • extended library loans
  • transcription services for eligible print-disabled students (to convert academic information into accessible formats, including braille, large print, e-text and audio)
  • information and support from the Disability Services team.

To access a range of other support services, students are likely to need to apply for additional funding, such as Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA). These services include:

  • one-to-one learning strategy support
  • specialist mentor and/or personal assistant and/or note-taker support
  • sign language interpreters.

Support is available throughout the year, and is not restricted to University teaching terms.

How are students supported in schools?

Each school has a Disability Contact who is the main link with the Disability Services team and who coordinates support for disabled students within the school.

Disability Services support and guidance sessions

Students do not need to be referred to Disability Services. 

Drop-in sessions

Drop in sessions, in person appointments and virtual appointments are available throughout the week.