New students

Support for students with disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties

Welcome to Oxford Brookes

Please contact our Inclusive Support Service before you start with us as this will enable us to put the best possible support in place for you. Our web pages provide lots of useful information for new students as well as all of our contact details. 

“I really appreciate the university’s disability support department, and the mentoring and study skills tutoring I received has been absolutely invaluable to me.”


Student checklist

Approximately six months prior to commencing your studies

  • Make sure you have supporting information such as medical documentation or an appropriate diagnostic assessment for Specific learning difficulties. You will need this when you apply for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) and when you register with our service.
  • Make an application for the DSA if you are eligible - this process can be started at the same time you apply for Student Finance.
  • Once awarded DSA, ensure we have a copy of your DSA needs assessment.

Any time before your course starts

  • If you would like to register with the Inclusive Support Service, please complete the self-referral form or contact us directly if you prefer. 
  • If you will need adapted accommodation or assistance on campus, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Feel free to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

On arrival

  • If you haven’t already been in touch, please make contact with the Inclusive Support Service to find out what we can offer.

Students studying together
The Forum in JHBB

Creating an Inclusive Support Plan (ISP)

To access support and exam arrangements, you need an ISP. Before you arrive:

  • Send us your supporting information such as medical documentation or an appropriate diagnostic assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Check that your report was acceptable. Did you receive an email from us confirming that it met the criteria?
  • If you are a research student then this information is about how we can work with you to put appropriate reasonable adjustments in place.

Your dyslexia/SpLD assessment

If you have dyslexia or a specific learning difficulty and do not have any documents detailing your specific leaning difficulty and guidance on what to put in place (for example extra time in exams), we strongly suggest you have an assessment before you begin university. 

Assessment criteria

Following a policy change at the beginning of the 2022/23 academic year we can put an Inclusive Support Plan in place for you based on any documents that you have from a suitably qualified professional. The documents need to either contain information about what was in place for you before or how you are impacted by a specific learning difficulty. If you are a UK student, we strongly advise you to have a full assessment so that you are also eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance. In accordance with government guidelines, the assessment should have been carried out by a chartered Clinical or Educational Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council or Specialist Assessor with a current practising certificate, and should contain:

  • Detailed information about the tests used, with ceilings, age range, results, conclusions.
  • Tests of cognitive ability/processing, general underlying ability and attainment, the results of which indicate dyslexia/SpLD.
  • Discussion of the impact of dyslexia/SpLD on the student's performance in higher education.

Assessments must comply with the guidelines set out by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee.

If you are providing a recent letter from a GP or specialist as evidence of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD), the letter must show how your daily life and studies are affected and explain the effects are long-term. The letter should also include recommendations for support or adjustments for studying at university. 

Assessment appointment