Student Disability Service
The Student Disability Service (SDS) offer information and advice on all aspects of support for disabled students. This includes:
- physical and sensory impairments
- mental health issues
- autistic spectrum disorder
- ongoing and fluctuating health conditions
The main way that SDS can help students is by making adjustments which are intended to “level the playing field” for all students. Early consultation is advised and even if a student discloses a disability on their admissions form, they will still need to make contact directly with SDS.
One of the most common adjustments is for exam, including additional time, use of a computer, not having two exams on the same day. As all University exams are timetabled centrally from Week 2, there is a cut-off date each exam diet where this should be requested – normally Week 12. After this deadline there is no guarantee that arrangements can be made.
They can also provide 1:1 specialist support (such as mental health mentors, proofreading assistance and learning difficulties tuition) and assistive technology as appropriate.