Support for students

Inclusive Support Plan (ISP)

Students whose diagnostic reports have been accepted by the Inclusive Support Service will have an ISP. The ISP will set out reasonable adjustments in exams, one-week coursework extensions and where to check when they can apply or not, and access to the blue card system. Relevant academic staff can access a specific student's ISP.

Disabled Students' Allowance

Students may receive DSA funding for the purchase of computer equipment, software, study skills support and some costs for books, photocopying and internet. Most home students, undergraduate and post-graduate, are eligible to apply for the DSA.


Assistive Technology software, such as Texthelp and Inspiration, is available on pooled room computers. Go to Start –> All programs –> Study Tools –> Texthelp/Inspiration

Specialist support tutors

Specialist support tutors will help students develop independent coping strategies in:

  • Reading and researching techniques
  • Planning, organising and editing essays, reports and dissertations
  • Learning and memory techniques
  • Time management, e.g. prioritising
  • Revision and examination tips
  • Using the specialist software packages

Specialist support tutors welcome liaising with academic staff, together with the student, to work more effectively as a team.

Other services

The Centre for Academic Development offers a study advice service to all students, including students with dyslexia/SpLD.

Information on support from subject librarian, longer book loans, photocopying allowance, reservation of short loan books, reference material and inter-library loans, colour video magnifier can be found on the Library website.

More information

Useful information for staff on how to support students with SpLD at HE is at the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE).