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Disability and Dyslexia

The Student Support team offers a dedicated Disability Support service, which includes help to apply for funding support through the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).

When an applicant or student meets the government’s definition of disability, they will be eligible for support from Disabled Students’ Allowance, and the University will also have a duty to make any reasonable adjustments that may be needed.

The Disability Support team will be happy to liaise with you and your course team to ensure that your support needs are understood and any relevant adjustments are made.

Getting Support

Most support for students with specific learning differences such as dyslexia, physical or mental health conditions or other disabilities is provided through Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). You will have to apply for this before you can receive support. We recommend you read the relevant UK Government web pages: ‘Disabled Students’ Allowances – an introduction’.

It is important that you apply early (preferably before you start University) as the application process can take as long as three months. Staff in Student Support can be contacted at disability@nua.ac.uk or dyslexia.support@nua.ac.uk to ensure you understand all stages of the application process and to answer any queries you may have. There are particular requirements about acceptable evidence for dyslexia, which are detailed in this booklet.

Please note that EU and International students are not eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance and should contact the Student Support team for advice, at disability@nua.ac.uk

Needs assessment

Information for Needs Assessors in relation to the DSA.

Talk to us in confidence

The Student Support office is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm for term time appointments and a drop-in service. During the summer the office takes telephone calls and email enquiries. Please contact us on:

Call +44 (0) 1603 610561
ext 6483/6482

All contact between Student Support and students is in confidence.