If you are coming to study at Nottingham and would describe yourself as disabled, the following information will help you prepare for your arrival and the support you may need. We believe you need to have all the facts before you can make an informed choice about coming to study at Nottingham.
Accessibility is here to support you if have a physical disability, a long-term medical condition, Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, a sensory impairment or mental health issues.
International students are advised to check for where there is specific guidance they need to consider. Specific conditions and provisions should be discussed with the University and/or sources of advice in your own country e.g. agency, embassy, sponsor.
You are disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
You may not think of yourself as disabled, but you may have an unseen disability such as a long-term health condition, a specific learning difference (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD), or mental health difficulties.
You can find out more about who we can support from our Academic Support and Disability Support leaflets.
If you are coming to study at Nottingham, then we encourage you to disclose your disability or Specific Learning Difference to us as soon as possible (e.g. on your UCAS or direct application form). Knowing about your requirements in advance can help us to prepare and arrange support in time for the start of your studies here at Nottingham.
Failiure to disclose on application may affect our ability to make certain adjustments that you may require, but you can get in touch with us at any time if you are applicant or a registered student.
To find out more about how we handle your data, please see our Privacy Statement.
Once you declare a disability on your application form, we will contact you to get more information about your disability and explain more about how we can support you.
Undergraduate students: one of the Academic Support team will contact you once you have made Nottingham your firm or insurance place.
Postgraduate students: our Academic Support team will be in contact once you have accepted your place to study at Nottingham.
You will be asked to complete a Further Information form, which will enable us to assess your needs.
You may be invited to a meeting with a Disability Adviser, a representative from the academic school to which you are applying, and any other relevant support staff (e.g. Mental Health Adviser).
I used a scribe in my exams?
I used a reader in my exams?
A note taker took notes for me in my classes?
You can discuss this type of support with your Academic Support Tutor or Disability Support Adviser. The Academic Support Worker Service provides support for your academic studies.
If you are going to apply for University arranged accommodation and have a disability that means you have particular accommodation requirements, whether you need en-suite or a deaf-alerter in your room, our Accommodation team will be happy to assist. Please provide details in your online application and they will contact you to discuss things further.
Disabled Students' Allowances are funding to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability or specific learning difference. They are aimed at helping people with a disability to study on an equal basis with other students. You do not have to repay DSAs.
Eligible full-time, part-time and postgraduate students can apply for Disabled Students' Allowances.
Further information is available about DSA and other student funding including scholarships for students with a disability. Home students should check the gov.uk web pages.
International Students can expect to receive a similar level of support as home students, as far as is reasonably possible. This would include generic provision such as adjustments to examination arrangements in addition to other services that are funded by DSAs for a home student.
Postgraduate students, particularly those funded by Research Councils UK, can find further information on DSA funding from the Graduate School support for disabled students.
Personal care is outside of the University's responsibilities and is not funded through DSAs. We recommend that you consider care providers that are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is the health and social care regulator for England. On their website you can search for domiciliary care services in Nottingham and find:
This way, you will be able to get an up to date list of all the providers in this area to help you choose care services for you. This is also something you might find helpful to discuss with your Social Worker.
Our undergraduate courses may either require a period of study/work abroad or offer opportunities for an optional period of outside the UK; postgraduate students may also need to consider if they will be abroad for any length of time e.g. gathering research data.
Many vocational courses (e.g. health sciences, social work, engineering) will include periods of time on placement or in the workplace, and our opportunities for internships and placements are expanding.
Disabled students will usually benefit from planning ahead, so thinking about what you may need if you do a period of study/work abroad as part of your course can be helpful even at the application stage. It may help you choose the right course for you so you can have a successful period of Study Abroad.
Guidance for students with a disability who are considering Study Abroad
Guidance for students on placements: reasonable adjustments in the workplace (forthcoming)
You will need to consider how any existing support and medical care you currently receive can be transferred from home to Nottingham. Planning ahead to understand more about the health and welfare support available may help you when you are making decisions about coming to Nottingham.
Our page offering guidance regarding Study Abroad provides a useful model of the issues to consider for transferring from home to Nottingham, including if you are coming to study with us from outside the UK.
Further information, including about mental health support, can be found in our sidebar of links on the right hand side of this page.
The University of Nottingham takes a proactive approach towards developing disability sport and are one of a small number of universities who employ a Disability Sport Officer.
Further information about Disability Sports including the Disability Sports Scholarship available to elite sportsmen and women looking to study and train at Nottingham.
The University of Nottingham Chaplaincy provides a variety of faith and pastoral support to students. Further information about our Chaplaincy is available for those students wishing to explore this ahead of making their application.
Our libraries offer a range of support to ensure that facilities and services are accessible to students with disabilities, including those with a Specific Learning Difference (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD). These include alternative formats, assistive technology, and enhanced library support.
A network of Welfare Officers is available across the university for all students to access in relation to welfare issues. Additionally, each School has a Disability Liaision Officer (DLO) who acts as a point of reference, advice and guidance for members of staff and students in the School about disability issues and support. DLOs liaise with Accessibility (Academic Support and Disability Support), as necessary, in relation to individual students and general policies and procedures.
Evidence required for Accessibility support
Specific Learning Differences - Further Details form for applicants
Disability Support - Further Details form for applicants
Counselling - information for parents
Mental health and well being
Parents Guide for UG application process
Academic Support leaflet 2019
Disability Support leaflet 2018
Students with Asperger Syndrome: preparing for University and planning your support (Disability Support leaflet)
UCAS advice for International and EU students
Student Finance - England
Student Finance - Northern Ireland students
Student Finance - Scottish students
Student Finance - Welsh students
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