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If you have a disability or dyslexia please contact Student Development and Well-being to discuss your support needs.

The Learning Support Team is the main point of contact for disabled students who require information, advice and support. Although you might not identify yourself as having a disability, the term ‘disabled’ is a general term covering a wide range of conditions including:

  • a specific learning difference (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, dyscalculia)
  • a visual or hearing impairment
  • a mental health condition (e.g. depression, anxiety)
  • a mobility impairment
  • an autistic spectrum condition
  • a long-term medical condition (e.g. epilepsy, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis)
  • any other condition which has a substantial, long-term and adverse effect on the ability to study.

The Equality Act 2010 defines that a person has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities

Our team of Learning Support Advisers can provide information, advice and assistance on a range of issues including:

  • applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance
  • assessment for dyslexia and other specific learning differences
  • help with obtaining up to date supporting medical evidence
  • creation of a Learning Support Plan to inform lecturers of your needs
  • the identification of reasonable adjustments to support effective engagement with your studies
  • additional arrangements for exams and assessments
  • arranging non-medical assistance, (e.g. dyslexia study coach, specialist mentor, sign language interpreter, etc.)
  • the provision of specialist loan equipment, (e.g. digital recorder, alarm alerting devices, short-term loan laptop, etc.)
  • liaison with academic departments
  • Signposting to other university learning support provision (e.g. academic writing mentors, study skills sessions, etc.)

Drop-in Sessions

To speak to a Learning Support Adviser, we offer brief daily drop-in sessions via Zoom video call or telephone during term-time, Mon-Fri, 12-2pm.  Drop-in sessions are ideal for general enquiries and issues that can be addressed reasonably quickly.  To access a drop-in, simply contact Student Development and Well-being on the morning you wish to access a drop-in and a member of the team will arrange things for you.  *Please note that a limited number of drop-in sessions are provided each day and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to book an appointment with a Learning Support Adviser

Appointments with a Learning Support Adviser are available via Zoom video call and telephone and are suitable where the enquiry or issue is likely to take more time to address than that of a drop-in session.  To arrange an appointment, simply contact Student Development and Well-being on:


T: 0151 291 3427

Further information can be found in our Learning Support Leaflet.


Learning Support Plans

Information for students needing a learning support plan.


Information about funding for students with a disability or dyslexia.