Whether you have a disability or a mental health condition and want to learn more about all the support available to you, our trained advisers are here to help.

We work really hard to ensure everyone reaches their full potential by offering support when you need it. We have dedicated and experienced Student Disability and Mental Wellbeing teams who will support you to make the most of your time with us.

A disability might include:

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

The team can provide advice on specialist funding, ensure adjustments are in place to support your learning, help you apply for diagnoses and enable you to access specialist equipment, tuition and resources. You can also talk to them before you apply so you can feel reassured you'll be supported from the very start of your time with us.

I would like to say a massive thank you to the Student Disability Team who gave me the skills to develop with my dyslexia. Thanks to them I saw my true potential and achieved a first class degree!

AndyGraduate

We recognise that there can be more to think about when going to university if you have a disability, so to help you make that smooth transition here is our advice on what you may want to think about next:

Before you join us

When you apply, don’t forget to tick the box to tell us about any disability or diagnosed mental health condition. The Student Disability or Mental Health teams can then put in place any support you might need.

If you're a UK student you may be entitled to Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) for physical or mental impairments, long-term or mental health conditions, or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. This funding can help cover the cost of the support you may need including specialist equipment or non-medical helpers like a note-taker. You won’t automatically get a DSA – you'll need to prove you’re eligible and we can help you with your application.

Additional support costs for EU/International students are met by your sponsor, or a charity/funding body that you find independently. Please contact the Student Disability Team before you accept the offer of a place to discuss the costs of additional support services and availability of alternative sources of funding.

Visiting our campus before you arrive can give you confidence before you join us – so look out for our Applicant Days. We'd love to see you there. You'll also be invited to a Student Disability Orientation event, giving you a chance to feel familiar with your new surroundings and meet other students before the academic year starts.

Check out our interactive campus map to see the layout of out campuses and building layouts, and an idea of the accessibility facilities on offer - for example, hearing loops, lifts or accessible toilets.

We prioritise students with a medical condition or disability, taking into account any special housing requirements you might need.

If you have a medical condition, disability or special requirement that you'd like us to take into account, do let us know when you are applying for accommodation. View the accommodation on offer.

Speak to current students

There's nothing like understanding what it's like to study at uni with a disability or mental health condition than talking to students already here. Our students are happy to talk to you about their experiences of studying and living at uni.