Disability Support

If you have a physical, sensory or mental disability or learning difficulty, you may be eligible for extensive support with your studies, and we can help you access this support to enable you to reach your full potential. If you are not sure you have a learning difficulty, you can use this guide to help.

Eligible conditions include a sensory or mobility impairment, an ongoing long-term/progressive medical condition such as epilepsy or chronic fatigue syndrome; a mental-health condition such as depression, anxiety or borderline personality disorder; Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), or a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.

Our team will guide and assist you from the initial enquiry, inform and liaise with external providers on your behalf, and signpost you to additional resources and services where required.

If you are a student, who is eligible for funding by Student Finance England (SFE), whether you receive it or not, you can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance or DSA. This is best done via your student finance account. (Please be aware that the DSA process can take several weeks so we strongly encourage you to start it as soon as possible.)

If you are an apprentice student, you can apply for Apprentice Learner Support (ALS), which provides the same level of support as DSA. This is done via the HE Disability team.

Both application processes have essentially the same stages.

Disability Evidence

You need to provide evidence of your condition(s), which also explain how they affect you on a day-to-day basis.

  • For DSA, SFE require the evidence.
  • For apprentices, the HE Disability team require the evidence.

Needs Assessment

If eligible, you (DSA) or we (apprentices) can book a needs assessment. The assessment will determine what the best support is that you need to aid you in your studies.

Accessing the Support

  • If you are DSA, SFE will tell you who to contact to receive your support.
  • If you are an apprentice, the HE Disability team will book the support on your behalf.

If you need any assistance or have any questions around the kind of support available, please do not hesitate to get in touch.