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Prospective Students

When you completed your UCAS form at application stage, you may have indicated that you have a disability.  If you did this, you will have received an email from Northumbria University which directed you to this page.

Before you make contact with a Disabilities Adviser, please read the information on this page thoroughly.  This page should provide you with all the information required with regard to receiving support at University for your disability.  We recommend that you register with us prior to commencing your studies by filling in a Prospective Student Form.

Medical Evidence

Medical evidence is required in order for support to be put in place at the University. It is also necessary for your Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) application. The medical evidence should be from a suitably qualified medical professional, such as a GP or consultant. It should be typed on letter headed paper, signed and dated. Ideally, the letter should have been written within the last 6 -12 months. If possible the letter should state the impact that your disability or medical condition will have on your academic studies.

The University is unable to contact a medical professional to request medical evidence on your behalf. If the medical professional charges for medical evidence to be released, it is up to you to cover this cost.

You will need to bring a copy of your medical evidence to the appointment when you register with the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team at Northumbria University.

Evidence for Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

You will need to produce a full psychological report which confirms you have dyslexia or a SpLD.

To access support at the University, the psychological report needs to refer to a full assessment carried out by an Educational Psychologist or other suitably qualified practitioner. The report should include the results of a range of appropriate tests showing underlying ability and current levels of achievement.

You will need to bring a copy of your psychological report to the appointment when you register with the Disability Support Team at Northumbria University.  If you do not have one, we can arrange for a Psychological Assessment if required.

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) - for UK Students Only

DSA is intended to help you pay for extra costs related to your disability if they are directly connected with your studies. Extra costs might include specialist equipment, a non-medical helper, travel and other costs.

DSA is not means-tested, it is not a loan and any equipment purchased for you from DSA remains your property at the end of the course - you do not have to give it back. However, if you leave your course early your funding authority may decide to recover some or all of your DSA.

If you are holding a conditional/unconditional offer you should make an application for DSA to your funding body. It is recommended that you apply as soon as you can, as the process can take several months. You can download a DSA form, and guidelines, from your relevant funding body’s website.

Please note that appropriate medical evidence/psychological report, as described above, must be enclosed with all DSA applications, and sent directly to your funding body.

Support Worker Service

The Disability and Dyslexia Support Team at Northumbria University can help to arrange Support Workers (also known as ‘non-medical helpers’ or NMH) who can offer a range of support to disabled students who are assessed as needing such support.  The cost of support is usually paid by the student’s funding body or the University.  If a support worker is required from the beginning of term, it is vital that you talk to a Disabilities Adviser as soon as possible.  If you are a UK student you may be eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance.

Support can include, but is not limited to:

  • Note-taking
  • Reader / Scribe for exams
  • Library Support Assistant
  • Practical Support Assistant e.g. help with carrying books etc around campus
  • Specialist Mentor
  • Specialist study skills support for students with dyslexia

Complex Support Needs

If you have complex support needs, it is advisable to contact the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team to discuss your individual requirements as soon as possible.

For example, if you have a sensory impairment or mobility difficulties it may be necessary for support to be discussed before you start University. This may include campus orientation, BSL interpreters, note takers, accessible accommodation etc.

Registration with the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team

Once you have enrolled at University, in order to have appropriate disability support put in place you must make an appointment to see a Disabilities Adviser. Please bring a copy of your medical evidence, or psychological report, to the appointment, described as above. This evidence will be scanned and kept securely in your Disability and Dyslexia Support Team student records.

During the appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss your individual support requirements with a Disabilities Adviser. Support recommendations can be made to your tutors and academic Faculty and any individual disability related exam arrangements can be made. The Disabilities Adviser can also assist with a DSA application if this has not already been completed. Any non-medical help support that has been recommended in your DSA Needs Assessment can be put in place provided you have received approval from your funding body or pending approval from your funding body.

Student Car Parking

There is very little car parking available at the University and both students and staff are encouraged to use other forms of transport for environmental reasons. However, there are a number of student car parking passes available – for details see car parking.

If you need to discuss anything with a Disabilities Adviser that has not been covered on this page, please make contact with us.  You can call us on 0191 227 4127 or email sv.disability@northumbria.ac.uk.  We may not be able to deal with your query immediately but will strive to return your call or email within 3 - 5 working days.


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