Student Services Disability Support

Examination and Timetabling Arrangements

For disabled students, timetabling adjustments and adjustments to standard examinations, such as extra time, rest breaks and scribes, can be arranged through Disability Support.

Evidence deadlines for examination arrangements

Please note: Advisers and Tutors will not be advising existing students during these first three weeks of each new academic year (unless urgent, please see below).

  • The deadline for students to contact Academic Support to discuss adjustments to exams for January 2017 is Friday, 27th October, 2017. Please book an appointment with an adviser or tutor as early as possible.
  • The deadline to meet for the Spring Semester May-June exams is Friday, 2nd March, 2018.
  • The deadline for the August exams is Friday, 6th July, 2018.

All requests for adjustments to examination arrangements must be supported by evidence:

Please note that exam stress/anxiety/panic or nerves are experienced by many students and this in itself is not normally a sufficient reason to provide adjustments.

If you are feeling particularly anxious you can find some helpful information on the Exam Anxiety section of the Counselling Service website and the Exam and assessment stress section of the University health centre.

Examination arrangements for disabled students

(The following is an extract from the  Examinations Office website)

To request adjustments to examination arrangements the following steps should be followed:

  • Disabled students or students with long term medical conditions should make an appointment with Disability Support. Please visit the  Contact Us page for details on how to do this.
  • Students with dyslexia, dyspraxia or any other Specific Learning Difficulty [Difference] should make an appointment with Academic Support. Please visit the  Academic Support pages for further details.
  • Appointments should be made before published deadlines. Deadlines are published on the  Examinations Office website. It will not normally be possible to make adjustments for a forthcoming examination period, if the deadline is not met.
  • All requests for adjustments to examination arrangements should be supported by current acceptable evidence of disability or long-term medical condition, such as a written report from a registered medical practitioner, an educational psychologist or a psychiatrist.
  • Students whose requests are successful will see information about the arrangements via the 'My Course' section on the Portal approximately four weeks after the deadlines.
  • Once adjustments to examination arrangements have been made, these will be maintained for you throughout your time at the University. If you move from an undergraduate to a postgraduate course, you will need to contact Academic or Disability Support so that your arrangements can be transferred to your new course. An appointment at Academic or Disability Support is needed even if the student has had adjustments to examination arrangements at a previous institution (ie. School, College, University).
For further information on alternative assessments, please refer to the University's Quality Manua l.



All students requiring alternative arrangements of any nature must be assessed by Disability Support. The assessment will also include, where necessary, the completion of a Timetabling Referral Form. School staff should refer any student with a timetabling issue directly to Disability Support as a matter of urgency, since the definitive teaching timetable is published at the end of July and there is limited scope for revisions after that date.

Disability Support will undertake an assessment with the student and will pass recommendations for timetabling to the Timetabling Office where rooms will be allocated/reallocated accordingly.

For further information on alternative timetabling arrangements for disabled students, please refer to the University's Quality Manual.



Accessibility (Disability Support)

Portland Building
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44(0) 115 95 15992