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Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

Support Available for Students with Dyslexia or other SpLD at Northumbria

To receive support from the University if you have dyslexia/SpLD you must:

  • Register with the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team
  • Provide a report, confirming that you have dyslexia/SpLD. The assessment report should include the results of a range of appropriate tests showing underlying ability and current levels of achievement. If you do not have one, we can arrange for a Psychological Assessment if required.

Once you have a confirmation of dyslexia/SpLD you should make an appointment to discuss your support needs with one of the Disabilities Advisers. They can outline the full range of support available to you including individual exam arrangements, access to specialist study skills tutorials, Disabled Students' Allowances and support from your academic tutors.

Letting your Tutor know that you have dyslexia/SpLD

Discuss this with one of the Disabilities Advisers, with your permission they can provide a summary of your support needs with regard to Learning, Teaching and Assessment for your tutors via a formal Disabled Students Support Recommendations report agreed with you.

Dyslexia Support Tutors

The Dyslexia Support Tutors offer tutorials to students who are registered with the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service.  These are one-to-one, multi-sensory specialist study skills tutorials for students with dyslexia/SpLD.

Tutorials are student-centred and could include:

  • Research skills
  • Using the Library and Library resources
  • Writing skills such as planning, structure, spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Reading strategies
  • Referencing
  • Note taking
  • Organisational skills including time management
  • Use of specialist software
  • Exam strategies and revision techniques
  • Presentation techniques

Students who think they may have dyslexia/SpLD

If you think you may have dyslexia/SpLD you will need to speak to a Disabilities Coordinator. They are available for Drop-In Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11am-3pm, Thursday: 11am - 1pm, at Student Central, City Campus Library, Ground Floor. To check drop-in times, please raise an enquiry through your student portal. 

Alternatively, if you are based at Coach Lane Campus, London Campus or Amsterdam Campus, or you are unable to come in to see a Coordinator, you can contact us via the student portal or on 0191 227 4127 with your availability and we will be able to make you a telephone appointment.

You may then be advised to undergo a full diagnostic assessment which can be arranged through the University.

You may be responsible for paying for this assessment. However, students who are eligible can apply for help towards the cost of the assessment from the Access to Learning Fund (ALF). The Coordinator will be able to advise you about this.

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