Non-Medical Help Support NMHS Scheme

  • The Non-Medical Help Support (NMHS) scheme provides a variety of support services to disabled students. The Non-Medical Help Support (NMHS) scheme works closely with disability advisers to ensure we know what your needs are and to provide you with the most appropriate support.  We employ a team of Non-Medical Help Support workers to provide this support to you.

    Lectures and seminars

    Lectures and seminars are an important part of learning at university, but many disabled students struggle to make the most of them.

    You may have difficulty with physically writing notes, or you may struggle to remember what’s being said for long enough to write it down, or maybe you make lots of notes but can’t read them back afterwards. 

    Support might include:

    • use of a recording device
    • use of a portable note taking device
    • use of a note-taker
    • use of a sign language interpreter

    Transcription of audio material used in sessions can be arranged through our alternative format production service (see below).


    The Non-Medical Help Support (NMHS) scheme can also provide support for disabled students by giving one-to-one help with using the library including:

    • accessing library systems
    • photocopying items
    • sourcing and collecting books
    • photocopying and scanning

    Campus support

    We are able to provide support to make it easier for students to get around campus by:

    • carrying books or lots of equipment
    • providing a buddy to accompany a student (e.g. during induction for orientation)
    • mobility and guiding for visually impaired and blind students

    Alternative format production

    Here at Oxford Brookes, teaching and learning materials can be converted into a format that is accessible to you. This may be required for students with a range of disabilities including:

    • blind and visual impairment
    • D/deaf and hard of hearing
    • dyslexia

    Books, lecture notes, seminar notes and other teaching and learning materials can be converted into a format accessible to you, including:

    • screen reader
    • large print
    • audio
    • electronic

    We also offer transcription services, for example audio recording to text.

    The cost of providing these services may be met by a Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). If you are not eligible for DSA, you may be able to make an application for financial aid. Please speak to an adviser for more information about funding your support.  

    For further information about the alternative format production service, please contact the coordinator: