Support for students with dyslexia and other disabilities

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

We support students with a range of disabilities, learning difficulties, and other health and mental health conditions. Disabilities we can offer support for are:

Specific learning difficulties

Specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) include, but are not limited to dyslexia, dyspraxia, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Mental health difficulties

Mental health difficulties include, but are not limited to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar affective disorder, personality disorders, or psychosis.


Autism is a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways.

Sensory impairments

Sensory impairments include, but are not limited to visual or hearing impairment, blindness, or deafness (with or without British Sign Language as a first or preferred language).

Mobility difficulties

Mobility difficulties include, but are not limited to paralysis, scoliosis, chronic pain, difficulty walking, or using a wheelchair.

Ongoing health conditions

Ongoing health conditions include, but are not limited to arthritis, epilepsy, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, narcolepsy, repetitive strain injury (RSI), cancer, HIV, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, chronic pain, lupus, or chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME).

Other disabilities and conditions

If you have another disability, specific learning difficulty, health, or mental health difficulty that is not listed, contact the team to discuss options for support.

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

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

 Disabled Students' Allowance (DSAs) for UK home students

All UK home students with disabilities should apply for DSAs to find out what support can be funded. Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) can cover some of the extra costs you may have during your studies because of a disability. DSAs are grants only available to UK home students. It is not a means tested fund and they do not have to be repaid.

DSAs may fund:

  • one-to-one support such as study skills tuition and specialist mentoring
  • specialist equipment and software
  • travel costs
  • printing costs

We advise all UK home students with disabilities to apply for DSAs at the same time as applying to university. Do not delay or your support may not be ready for when you start. Please contact for support in applying.

Information for DSA Needs Assessors  

GL7 6JS 
United Kingdom 

(44) 01285 652 531 ext 4420  

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 Student Services. 

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


RAU students can request free access to notetaking software ‘Glean’. Transcribe lectures, highlight key points and import PowerPoint slides to improve your notes. To join the waiting list, please email


If you are a disabled and neurodivergent student and need a room that is not a standard room type (shared kitchen and bathroom) please contact Student Services 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.

You will need to share any medical evidence which supports the need for adjustments to standard student accommodation with Student Services