Graduate School

Disability support


University Support

Academic Support

Disability Support

Dyslexia / SpLD Support Team

Access Centre


Support available may include:

  • allowing you to record lectures, seminars and meetings
  • alternative arrangements for written examinations (e.g. extra time, rest breaks)
  • adjustments to viva voce examinations, including those as part of the annual review process (e.g. rest breaks, wheelchair accessible location, choosing the most suitable time of day)
  • non-medical helpers such as notetakers, readers or study assistants (mentors)
  • accessible transport around campus

Study strategies sessions 

If you are a disabled student in contact with Disability Support, then your Disability Support Adviser will be able to arrange a referral to Dr Lisa Rull, Study Support Tutor for Disability Support. Appointments are available with her:

  • on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays in Cherry Tree Lodge, University Park.
  • on Thursdays sat Jubilee in The Student Service Centre, The Exchange Building. 
  • She is also scheduling visits to the Graduate Centres, and if needed can offer appointments via Skype (phone or video). 

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)

RCUK DSA Funding

NHS Bursary

NHS Social Work Bursary


England |  Wales |  Scotland |  N. Ireland

DSA Eligibility 

‘Home' postgraduate students may be eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). These are non-means tested and non-repayable grants for specialist software and equipment and non-medical helpers such as notetakers, readers and study assistants (mentors). 

If the application form you are using requires the University to sign to confirm you are studying here (such as Section 5 of the Student Finance England form) you should ask a member of staff in your department to do this. Disability/Dyslexia Support are unable to do this. 

If you are not eligible for DSA (for example, you are an overseas student) your Disability Adviser or Dyslexia Tutor can explore alternative sources of funding with you and the University will endeavour to provide a similar level of support.

Vitae: Resources & support 


Open door sessions

Open door for disability: if you would describe yourself as a disabled postgraduate student, please drop in to one of these sessions to have a chat with Dr Lisa Rűll (study support tutor: disabilities).

Sessions are planned for the following dates:

  • Monday 23 September morning – A5 Clive Granger, Uni Park (TBC)
  • Tuesday 24 September 10am-2pm – C13 Trent Building, Uni Park
  • Wednesday 25 September – Sutton Bonington Graduate Centre 10am-12:30 and 1:15-3:15pm
  • Thursday 26 September 1pm-4pm – C2 Exchange Building, Jubilee campus
  • Friday 27 September 1pm-4pm – C18 Humanities, Uni Park
  • Monday 30 September 10am-3:30pm – C19 Humanities, Uni Park
  • Tuesday 1 October afternoon – B15 ESLC (TBC)
  • Thursday 3 October morning – C2 Exchange Building, Jubilee campus (TBC)
  • Friday 4 October - Sutton Bonington Graduate Centre 10am-12:30 and 1:15-3:15pm
  • Monday 7 October afternoon – B15 ESLC (TBC)
  • Thursday 10 October afternoon – A05 XU Yafen, Jubilee campus (TBC)


Dr. Lisa Rüll (Specialist Study Support Tutor: Disability)
+44 (0) 115 8232070

The Graduate School

The University of Nottingham
A floor, Highfield House
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0) 115 846 8400