What we offer

Our team of experienced staff offer a wide range of specialist advice and support in order that you may have the best possible experience at the University of Birmingham. This page gives examples of the kinds of support that can be availiable for disabled students whilst at the University.   

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Students with a disability or long term health condition 

  • Individual student consultations
  • Provision of a written Student Support Advice (SSA) document based on your assessment.
  • Screening if you think you may be dyslexic or dyspraxic - see dyslexia screening for more information
  • Study skills advice - see effective learning for more information
  • Assistance with provision of non-medical helpers to include notetakers and mentors - see provision of non-medical helpers page for more information
  • Liaison with tutors and other university departments
    Workshops and groups, including effective learning techniques, exam preparation, and well-being
  • Advice about applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowances - see our DSA pages for more information
  • Information leaflets, mobility map, Braille map
  • Email distribution lists to keep you up to date with disability developments

Students with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia and dyspraxia

  • Dedicated homepage with tailored information for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties - see Learning Support home page
  • Individual consultations with the Learning Support Advisers
  • One-to-one dyslexia tuition
  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia screening - see dyslexia screening for more information
  • Advice about applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) - see our DSA pages for more information
  • DSA funded specialist tuition - see specialist tuition for more information
  • Liaison with tutors
  • Extended library loans
  • Extra time for examinations
  • Effective learning skills advice - see effective learning for more information
  • Provision of a written Student Support Advice (SSA) document based on your assessment
  • A drop-in service for students with specific learning difficulties on
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays from 15.30 to 16.30

Students with mental health conditions

  • Dedicated homepage with tailored information for students with mental health conditions - see Mental health home page
  • Confidential advice
  • Short-term or ongoing support looking at possible triggers and coping strategies
  • Information about the Disabled Students’ Allowances and help applying - see our DSA pages for more information
  • An individual Student Support Advice (SSA) document
  • Assistance with provision of non-medical helpers to include notetakers and mentors - see the provision of non-medical helpers page for more information
  • Liaison with your tutors and welfare tutors
  • Liaison with people outside the University, like GPs or Community Mental Health Teams
  • Peer support groups – a chance to meet other people like you with similar experiences
  • Wellbeing groups, offering a range of sports and activities
  • Referral to the University’s Counselling and Guidance Service
  • Advice for academic and support staff

Students with autism or Asperger's syndrome

  • Individual student consultations with a named key-worker
  • Provision of a written Student Support Advice (SSA) document based on your assessment
  • Specialist advice on assistive software, equipment and accessible formats - see assistive technology for more information
  • Study skills advice - see effective learning for more information
    access to peer support through the Student Mentor Scheme - see
  • Student Mentor Scheme for more information
  • Assistance with provision of non-medical helpers to include notetakers and mentors - see the provision of non-medical helpers page for more information
  • Liaison with tutors and other university departments
  • Extended library loans
  • Extra time for examinations
  • Information about the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) and help applying - see our DSA pages for more information
  • Online Asperger's portal, in collaboration with the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) - see the Autism Centre for Education and Research website for more information
  • Overnight trial stay in student accommodation for pre-admission students

Please note that you will need to provide evidence of a disability to register with us and access the full range of support available. Please see evidence guidance for more details.