We want to make sure that everyone, regardless of disability or differences, has what they need to reach their full potential at Christ Church.

To help you succeed, our specialist Student Disability team can support and advise you if you’re facing (or potentially facing) disabling barriers to studying independently at university. This includes:

  • autism spectrum disorders or Asperger syndrome
  • dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning difficulties
  • mobility impairments
  • sensory impairments
  • unseen disabilities such as epilepsy, HIV, AIDS and chronic fatigue
  • long-term health conditions.

For information about getting support with mental health please click here

How to contact the Disability team

You can contact the Disability team at any point of your student journey - asking for help whenever you need it by:

There are also the following on-campus drop-ins:

  • Virtual drop-ins from Monday-Friday, between 12 noon and 1pm, via Blackboard
  • Disability drop-ins, Wednesdays 2-4pm, Augustine House, Canterbury and Mondays 1-2pm, Cathedral Court, Medway.
  • Virtual Disability Student Allowance (DSA) drop-ins, every Thursday, 2-4pm, via Blackboard

You can also join the team at Chooseday Chill for an informal chat over tea and toast, every Tuesday (from 21 September), at Augustine House from 5-7pm.

How we can support you

The sooner you contact the Disability team the sooner they can put the right support in place for you.

The Student Disability team offers a confidential service via email, phone, video conferencing and face-to-face. They’ll be happy to help you with:

  • applying for diagnostic assessments and Disabled Students’ Allowances
  • dyslexia screenings
  • developing a Learning Support Plan (LSP) to capture your disability-related needs in relation to your studies
  • exam adjustments and special arrangements
  • access to productivity tools and accessibility software
  • specialist equipment/adapted accommodation
  • specialist tuition/mentor services
  • accessibility and travel guidance.

If you require daily personal care or assistance to live independently, and you’re based in the UK, you should contact your local authority Social Services team to discuss the options available to you.  

Please note we currently expect you to take a lateral flow test before attending a face-to-face appointment with a Student Wellbeing Adviser. This is in line with University and Government guidance, to help keep our community safe from COVID-19. Please see here for further details on lateral flow testing. You can order test kits online or pick them up from Anselm, Augustine House and St George’s receptions. Test kits should also be available at Rowan Williams Court reception and the Hub at Medway.

We will do everything we can to keep face to face appointments in place, however we may need to change appointments to a virtual offer if COVID infections rates within the Student Wellbeing team increase.

If we need to change your appointment type we will try and give you as much notice as possible.

Please help us to protect each other and keep infection rates down.

Check out our Learning Skills Hub online modules for neurodiversity at university.

This module aims to raise awareness of Neurodiverse brains and how students with a Neurodiverse brain learn – whether you have one, know someone with one, or want to learn more about how to support someone with one; then this is for you.

Expect Respect

Canterbury Christ Church University and the Students’ Union believe all students, staff and visitors have the right to live, study and work in a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, bullying or harassment of any form. Find out how we are here to support you if you have witnessed, been impacted by or experienced harassment.