Support for students with dyslexia and other disabilities

We aim to be an inclusive environment and actively welcome applications from students with disabilities. Your application for a place will be considered solely on academic grounds.

There are many types of disability, visible or hidden. They can include physical (sight, speech, hearing or mobility impairments), mental health conditions, long term medical conditions and learning differences. The most frequently encountered is dyslexia.

We have designed our courses to be accessible to as wide a range of potential students as possible. We ask that you declare your dyslexia or disability to us as early as possible, so that we can ensure we have provision for your needs in place when you arrive.

As our degrees are vocational, some modules do require physical activity or visual skills in order to complete them successfully.

If you think you may be dyslexic, have a medical or physical disability, or mental health need contact to our Student Services Team.

We have an excellent track record of supporting the needs of students with dyslexia or other forms of specific learning difficulties, and aim to be ‘dyslexia friendly’ in all our teaching and learning environments.

Depending on your disability we may require copies of additional documents such as:

  • A copy of a report or letter from your doctor or consultant in the case of a physical or long term health condition (lasting over 12 months) 
  • A copy of a report or letter from your doctor or consultant in case of a mental health condition
  • A copy of a full diagnostic assessment from a suitably qualified practitioner, psychologist or specialist teacher. The assessment does not need to be a post-16 assessment

Copies should be sent to StudentServices@rau.ac.uk

All students are asked to declare any dyslexia, learning difficulty or other disability to the RAU Disability & Inclusive Learning Advisor as early as possible (ideally before or during first-year registration), so that we can ensure provision for your needs is in place during your studies.

This is particularly important if you require any adjustments to your exam conditions, for example, additional time, use of a computer, a reader, a scribe or voice recognition software. 

Disabled Student Allowance

You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) which will fund additional support that you may need due to a physical disability, mental health condition, long term illness or learning difference.  

DSA is in addition to your other student finance. You do not repay DSA.

You can apply through your Student Loan Account. If you do not have a student loan, you will need to complete a DSA1 form and enclose a copy of your evidence. If you require any assistance please contact StudentServices@rau.ac.uk for support.

Information for DSA Needs Assessors  

Cirencester 
Gloucestershire 
GL7 6JS 
United Kingdom 

(44) 01285 652 531 ext 4420 

Studentsupport@rau.ac.uk  

DSA’s £200 equipment contribution 

Students contribute the first £200 towards DSAs-funded equipment. If this contribution would put them in financial hardship, please signpost them to Disability Services. 

Means-tested help may be available, but this is considered on a case-by-case basis. 

NMH 

Study Skills Tutors are currently supplied by Chace.

Mentors are currently supplied by Access Your Ability and Optimum. 

Accommodation

If you are a disabled and neurodiverse student and need a room that is not a standard room type (shared kitchen and bathroom) please contact Student Services StudentServices@rau.ac.uk to find out if partial funding is available due to a disability related need. We will then consider your application and, if agreed, pay the cost difference between a standard room and the alternative room type needed to support your disability.

Your will need to share any medical evidence which supports the need for adjustments to standard student accommodation with Student Services StudentServices@rau.ac.uk.