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Disability support and inclusion

If you have a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty (SpLD), then additional support is available to you.

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You can access support throughout your time as a student, from application to graduation.

You might not feel you have a disability, or you may dislike the term, but if you experience any barriers to learning we are here to help. Current students access support for a wide range of disabilities and conditions including:

  • Asperger's and autism
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
  • Eating disorders
  • Epilepsy, diabetes and IBS

How to access support

If you think you might need support, talk to our Disability Practitioners. They can provide support and guide you to any other useful services and teams.

You can register with the Disability Support and Inclusion team using the form below. After you have registered you will be invited to meet with a Disability Practitioner to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Register for support Meet with a Disability Practitioner

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What we do

We can provide in-University support in the form of a Learning Support Plan (LSP). This can cover anything from exam adjustments to use of fidget toys in seminars. It is a document that is agreed with you, a Disability Practitioner, and your department, which allows you to receive the support you need in order to complete your course. In order to create your LSP, you will need to book a 1 hour appointment with a Disability Practitioner in order to work on this.

We can also put in place Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans if you require assistance leaving the building during a fire alarm or emergency situation.

You may also receive or have applied for Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA) or similar funding for disabled students. This is handled by Student Finance and we are not involved in implementing or applying for support through this, but if you are confused about the process you can book with a Service Coordinator to discuss what you need to do.

You can apply for DSA online, after which point you will be invited to book a Needs Assessment where your support needs will be discussed. You will then receive a letter detailing what support has been put in place for you. This is your responsibility to organise and put in place.

We do not automatically receive all DSA information unless we have been copied into your application.

Receiving DSA does not automatically put a Learning Support Plan in place. You must book a 1 hour appointment in order to do this and make sure that it is closely tailored to your support requirements.

In order to qualify for disability support you will need to provide the Disability Support and Inclusion team with written evidence.

If you have a condition which you have seen a doctor for previously, you can request a doctor's note or GP letter, or use one which you have previously received.

In order to be assessed for ADHD or autism, you will need to go through your GP.

In order to be assessed for dyslexia or dyspraxia, you will need to go through an Educational Psychologist and receive a full report from them. We require evidence in order to put reasonable adjustments in place as per the Equality Act (2010).

You may be able to receive a Working Diagnosis if you are on the waiting list for a diagnosis. We can accept this as evidence for a Learning Support Plan. Please ask your doctor or consultant to complete the form below.

Working Diagnosis Form (docx, 37.3kB)

When you receive the completed form, please forward it on to our service by email at

Please note that we do not accept exam adjustment information, ECHP, or Learning Passports from pre-18 education as sole evidence without accompanying medical evidence.

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15 minute session: Blue is there to listen, to be fussed or to sit with quietly – your time, your space.

30 minute session: Blue is there while you discuss any support requirements with a Disability Practitioner.

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Our support for you

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Apply for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)

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Meet with a Disability Practitioner

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Learning support

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Autism Success Pathway

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