Support

  • General support

    Universities have a lot of facilities to support you (both personally and in your studies). Make sure you find out what is available. If you need a specific type of support, this could be the deciding factor when you’re choosing universities.

  • If you have any personal concerns whilst at university, there will specialist services available.
    Universities welcome students from all religious backgrounds. Many will have special facilities on campus such as chaplaincies and prayer rooms. There are always student societies for certain religions too, so you can connect with others from your faith and explore it more.
    Most universities have GP surgeries for students, and some universities have dental services on campus. It is always a good idea to register with a doctor when you arrive at university (if you’re moving away from home).

    Each university will have their own library, along with a variety of online resources. Universities will provide a range of study support facilities for their students, such as:

    • Help and advice on study and essay writing techniques.
    • An allocated member of teaching staff that you can contact about academic concerns or queries.
    • Student representatives who raise concerns to your teaching staff as well as the wider university.

    Students’ unions are run by students, for students. The union provides social activities and events, as well as important support. Most students’ unions will provide:

    • Academic support – receive help and guidance on academic work.
    • Housing and accommodation support – advice for students living in halls and in private accommodation.
    • Financial support – advice about managing money whilst at university, and guidance if you have problems.
    Universities have careers services designed to help you get ready for the workplace. You can get feedback on your CV and go to interview skills sessions. Universities also give help and advice in finding part-time work while you study. They also help you make the transition from education into work, providing advice, support and information on possible careers. If you want to go into further study, you can get advice about that too.
  • Specific support

    With planning and preparation, higher education is accessible for many people with disabilities. The most important thing to do is contact your chosen universities and ask them about the specific support you need.

    Extensive support is available from universities and the government to help you adapt to university life and meet your learning needs.

    Support is available for:

    • Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties
    • Visual impairments
    • Hearing impairments
    • Mobility difficulties
    • Medical and mental health conditions
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
    • A wide range of conditions (contact the university to discuss options).

    Types of support vary, and usually include:

    • Ability to record lectures and seminars
    • Adapted accommodation
    • Converted teaching and learning materials into a format that is accessible for you.
    • Disabled Students’ Adviser
    • Note takers, readers or library helpers
    • Provision of specialist equipment such as screen readers and computer software.
    • Sign language interpreters
    • Special exam arrangements eg extra time or use of computer
    • Specialist study skills support.

    Disabled Students’ Allowance

    DSA grants are designed to help pay for extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability. The amount you receive depends on the type of extra help you need (not your household income).

    Things to remember

    • Contact your chosen universities early to find out about the support available.
    • Visit the university - accessible campus tours can often be arranged if you need one.
    • Meet the university’s Disability Adviser before enrolment to discuss special arrangements.
    • Proof of your disability or condition may be required. This could be a letter or assessment from your doctor or specialist.
    • Disclose your disability on your UCAS form. This is not compulsory, but helps the universities prepare the best arrangements for you.

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