Step One: Inform us
So that we can help you make the most of your studies, please tell us about your disability. You can also contact us before you begin your studies and when you have received an offer from the University of Nottingham. Please be aware that if your information is provided later in the academic year then there may be a delay in the University meeting some of your support needs.
You should contact us if you have a disability, mental health difficulty, long-term medical condition, autistic spectrum condition, or a specific learning difference such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or ADHD.
If you have concerns around sharing confidential health histories please read the full details of who we share your information with in our Privacy Statement.
Step Two: Provide 'Your Essential Information' Form with supporting evidence
Please upload a copy of your evidence and a completed Your Essential Information Form to NottinghamHub
The evidence required depends on the nature of your disability but will need to be from an appropriately qualified professional (such as a GP, consultant, specialist nurse or Educational Psychologist), which specifies the following:
- The name of your impairment or health condition
- When your impairment or health condition was diagnosed/identified
- How long your impairment/health condition is likely to last
- The main effects of your condition
- The side effects of any medication or treatment
Further descriptions of the type of evidence that is required for different disabilities are detailed on this page.
Evidence must be provided in English. If a translation is required, it is your responsibility to arrange this with an accredited professional translation service.
Step Three: Confirmation of your Support Plan
We will create a Support Plan that details the adjustments we will put in place. Typically, this will contain the ability to request coursework extensions, receive your lecture notes before your lectures, access recordings of lectures and reasonable adjustments during exams which could include:
- Additional time
- Room adjustments
- Use of a computer
- Use of equipment such as coloured filters
- Adjustments to the format of exam papers
- Support workers (dependent on disability needs)
- Stickers advising a marker not to penalise errors in spelling, punctuation, untidy handwriting or clumsiness of English expression.
You will receive an email when your Support Plan is ready and you will be able to view it by following these steps:
- Go to NottinghamHub
- Log in with your University username (Nottingham ID) and password
- Click on the ‘Support Arrangements’ icon
Step Four: Review your Support Plan and meet the team
You can request an appointment at any time. At the beginning of each academic year, we always have drop-in appointments for students new to the University. It can be a chance to talk through the Support Plan and understand how the reasonable adjustments are put in action.
If you wish to change some of the recommendations in your Support Plan or find additional support is required as you adjust to studying at a higher level please contact us.
Your Support Plan is held with your student record as detailed in our Privacy Statement. We maintain confidentiality and only share your personal data with the members of staff who are required to know for teaching or key administrative processes, such as exams.