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Submitting your evidence

To make recommendations for alternative arrangements in exams we do need supporting evidence.  Please see below for further clarification of the type of evidence that will be required.

Instructions on how to share evidence confidentially with us is detailed on the right hand side of this web page.  You will need to upload documents to NottinghamHub.  Please enable pop-ups for the NottinghamHub web address to avoid error messages.

Evidence must be provided in English. If a translation is required, it is your responsibility to arrange this with an accredited professional translation service.

If you are finding it difficult to get suitable letters from your medical practitioners and don’t have pre-existing evidence, please read the guidance under 'Long-term health condition' below regarding the use of our Medical Evidence Form.

Deadline for requesting reasonable adjustments for January 2023 exams. You must provide supporting evidence with your request which has to be submitted to us by 12pm on Wednesday 9th November 2022.

 

Specific learning differences, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD

You will need to have a report that identifies you have a specific learning difference.

We accept both pre- and post-16 evidence from:

  • An educational psychologist, specialist teacher, occupational therapist or equivalent  
  • EHC (Education, Health and Care) plans or reports from an appropriately qualified medical practitioner

Evidence must include appropriate diagnostic information of the assessment carried out to identify your specific learning difference.

We can consider the following documentation if it provides an indication that difficulties have been experienced.  This is not evidence of a Specific Learning Difference:

  • A JCQ ‘Access Arrangement’ form (a ‘Form 8’).
  • A letter or other document from your school, college, or previous university detailing previous exam arrangements.
  • A Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH) report.

Evidence must be provided in English. If a translation is required, it is your responsibility to arrange this with an accredited professional translation service.

We will not accept the following as suitable evidence:

  • A Disabled Students' Allowance needs assessment report.
  • A Meares-Irlen Syndrome assessment report.
  • Results from a screening tool, such as Do-It Profiler or QuickScan.

If you think you may have a specific learning difference but have never had a formal assessment, find out more about screenings and formal assessments.

Please email disability-supportservices@nottingham.ac.uk if you require further information.

 

Long-term health condition, a mental health issue or a disability

We will accept evidence from a suitably qualified medical professional, such as a GP, consultant or specialist nurse, showing that your long-term health condition, mental health issue, or disability has lasted or is likely to last for more than 12 months.  

The evidence must include:
 
  • The name of the condition
  • When the condition was diagnosed/identified
  • How long the condition has lasted, or is likely to last
  • The main effects of the condition (such as mobility impairment or short term concentration ability)  
  • Any side effects of any medication or treatment

Evidence must be provided in English. If a translation is required, it is your responsibility to arrange this with an accredited professional translation service.

We will accept the Student Loan Company DSA medical form, signed by a medical practitioner.

We will not accept the following as suitable evidence:

  • A Disabled Students' Allowances Needs Assessment Report as suitable evidence.
  • Pictures of injuries/health conditions.
  • Letters from people who work in the field of complementary health, e.g. Reiki healers.

If evidence is not readily available, please use our Medical Evidence Form.

University of Nottingham Medical Evidence Form

The purpose of this form is to provide evidence of long-term medical conditions or disabilities for students who require Support Plans. It is not intended to be used to provide evidence of specific learning differences, like dyslexia.

We hope this form will be a useful way for students to secure evidence, especially if they are finding it hard to get suitable letters from their medical practitioners and don’t have pre-existing evidence.

It is mainly intended to be completed by GPs. However, it could also be completed by other statutory health practitioners, such as specialist nurses or doctors or other professionals (such as registered social workers or clinical psychologists) working in muti-disciplinary teams.

We also hope that funding bodies like Student Finance England will accept the form, if fully completed, for the purposes of providing evidence to apply for Disabled Student’s Allowance. As this is a new form we would welcome feedback on how this is received by funding bodies in practice.

Registered students: The team at the Cripps Medical Practice, based on University Park (Nottingham) is aware of the form and how it should be used.

Please note the form is not designed to be used as evidence of extenuating circumstances. It is for setting up a long term disability Support Plan.

Also, please be aware that although the form should be sufficient for most student Support Plans, if you have complex requirements we may need to request additional medical evidence.

Download the Medical Evidence Form

 

Pursuing evidence of a disability, long-term health condition, mental health issue or ADHD

This may be particularly relevant to students pursuing a medical identification of ADHD or Autism Spectrum Condition where the assessment pathway can take 12 months or more.

 

If you are unable to obtain a formal diagnosis or the appropriate evidence prior to starting or whilst currently studying at the University of Nottingham, Disability Support Services will consider making accommodations if there is a demonstrably significant impact on day to day life and academic work.  This would require consistent and significant concerns from our specialist academic and welfare colleagues about a student's behaviour and performance. 

 

We will consider offering reasonable adjustments with the following evidence:

 

  • You are pursuing the evidence required by the University as detailed above 
  • You are experiencing a demonstrably significant impact on your day-to-day life and academic work
Please email disability-supportservices@nottingham.ac.uk if you require further information.
 

Upload your evidence to NottinghamHub 

Follow these instructions to provide us with your evidence. We will email you after we have reviewed your evidence. 

 

Please enable pop-ups for the NottinghamHub web address to avoid error messages.

 

Do not select ‘Manage Documents’ as this will upload documents to Student Recruitment team. NottinghamHub limits permission to view strictly by team, so we cannot view application documents and Student Recruitment cannot view Disability Support documentation if uploaded to a support request. 

  1. Go to NottinghamHub
  2. Log in using your University username and password 
  3. Select 'Help Centre'
  4. Select support type ‘Disability and Academic Support’
  5. Select support sub-type ‘Medical Evidence’
  6. In the Summary section type 'Disability Support'. 
  7. In the Details section, tell us what exam arrangements you require or attach 'Your Essential Information Form'.
  8. Select ‘Attach File(s)’
  9. Select your evidence document. Select 'Attach' and 'Choose file' Repeat to attach a completed 'Your Essential Information Form'. 
  10. Select 'Done'
  11. Select 'Submit'

Your documents will now be available for a Disability Adviser or Specialist Study Support Tutor to review.

 
 

 

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