The Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are grants available to students in Higher Education to help with extra costs incurred while studying. As a student, you may be eligible for additional funding through the DSAs:
Specific learning difficulties
Your disability may not be included in the above; if you are unsure about whether you are eligible, call us in confidence or go to Direct Gov. website
All information is highly confidential and will not be released without your consent
Our role is to help with your application and then compile a report in which the amount and type of support you need is specified. This could include:
Specialist Tutor and Specialist Mentor support
Hardware and Software
Extra time in examinations
Other specialist equipment and learning support
Fees are paid for by your funding body (SFE, NHS, or Research Council).
You will not be personally charged for this assessment.
Our normal appointment waiting time is 3-4 days - simply to allow for paperwork to be collated and organised.
Same day appointments available if you have all your documents (DSA 1 letter, diagnostic/medical evidence)
What to Expect
So the whole process works efficiently we ask students the following:
To provide all documentation at least 3 working days before your assessment.
Funding letter (DSA1)
Information on your disability or disabilities
To contact us 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel.
To arrive at the location of the assessment on time and phone us if you are going to be late.
To contact us if there are any errors in your report – information missing or misrepresenting you in anyway.
To understand the report is just a recommendation and the funding body have the final say.
Electronic documents can be converted to a more accessible format (e.g. create editable text versions of images or convert documents so that you can listen to them) by using the Sensus Access file conversion tool on the university web pages.