Disability Advisory and Support Service


What evidence do I need?

In order for you to fully register with the Disability Advisory and Support Service, you’ll need to complete our registration form, as well as providing us with appropriate evidence of your disability.

This evidence should then be returned to the Disability Advisory and Support Service, along with the registration form, either by email, post, or in person.

What evidence of my mental health difficulty, physical, medical or sensory condition do you need?

  • If you’re funded by Student Finance England, a Research Council or are an EU/Overseas student or are self-funding and not eligible for DSA funding:

Please ask your doctor to complete the SFE DSA Disability Evidence form as evidence.

Please note that these forms cannot be signed by counsellors or therapists. It must be a medical professional i.e. doctor.

  • If you're funded by Student Finance Wales:

Please ask your doctor to complete the SFW DSA Disability Evidence form as evidence.

Please note that these forms cannot be signed by counsellors or therapists. It must be a medical professional i.e. doctor.

  • If you’re funded by Student Awards Agency for Scotland, NHS Student Bursaries, NHS Social Work Bursaries or Student Finance Northern Ireland:

You will need to take this guidance sheet to your doctor and ask them to write you a letter that contains the requested information.

The letter must be written in or officially translated to English.

Please ensure that the letter talks about the impact of your condition.

Letters from counsellors or therapists are not accepted. Please ask a doctor to write this letter.

What evidence of my specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, do I need?

  • Do you have a report?

If you have an existing report diagnosing dyslexia or dyspraxia, please send this in to us. We can then see whether this can be accepted for use at University, or whether you will need a new report.

  • Are you planning on getting a report outside of the University?

If you’re planning on being assessed for dyslexia outside the University, it’s essential that you make sure that the person completing the report will follow the 2005 SpLD working group guidelines. If they don’t follow these guidelines, you may not be able to access support.

  • Are you a current student without a report?

If you do not currently have an assessment report and would like to explore a diagnosis through the University (this service is only available for currently registered students) you’ll need to attend our ‘Do I have dyslexia?’ workshop.

If you think you’ve got dyslexia, please book on to the workshop as soon as possible, as we have a limited number of assessment appointments each year.

Evidence of mental health, medical, physical and sensory difficulties

If you're funded by SFE, a Research Council, are self-funded and not eligible for DSA or are EU/Overseas:

If you're funded by SAAS, NHS Student Bursaries, NHS Social Work Bursaries, SFNI:

If you're funded by SFW:

Evidence of dyslexia, dyspraxia or another specific learning difficulty

If you have an existing diagnostic report, send this in to us.

If you're getting a report for University, make sure it follows these guidelines.

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