About Disability Services

University of Roehampton welcomes applications from disabled students. The Equality Act (2010) defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, where long term is considered to be 12 months or more.

We offer a range of specialist support in line with the Equality Act (2010). This includes providing reasonable adjustments, along with advice and guidance to ensure that students are able to achieve their full academic potential and running a DSA Assessment Centre.

We support a wide range of conditions (please note that this list is not exhaustive):

  • Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) (e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, AD(H)D)
  • Blind or visual impairment
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Mobility difficulties (e.g. wheelchair users)
  • Long-term medical conditions (e.g. Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, Sickle Cell Anaemia, Epilepsy)
  • Austistic spectrum conditions (e.g. Asperger’s Syndrome)
  • Mental health difficulties (e.g. depression, eating disorders, Bipolar)

If you think we could help you, do get in touch.

We are here to

  • Support disabled students (including those with SpLD) to achieve their qualifications.
  • Teach students to develop learning strategies that maximise their strengths and minimise areas of difficulty.
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the challenges experienced by disabled students (including those with SpLDs) at university.
  • Provide advice and guidance about the services, facilities and opportunities available to you as a student with a disability or a SpLD.
  • Liaise with staff across the university and beyond, to ensure a collaborative, inclusive approach to working with you.
  • Offer advice to academic staff on strategies for inclusive teaching.
  • Provide DSA Needs Assessments in our Assessment Centre: Access@SW15.

Specialist advice and guidance

  • Drop ins
  • Appointments
  • Support in applying for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) and follow up to make sure everything runs smoothly once you have this
  • Support with accessing assistive technology and software
  • Liaison with university staff about student needs
  • Provision of examination adjustments
  • Provision of support in the library
  • Production of a Summary of Adjustment (SoA) to communicate your needs to relevant members of staff
  • Loan of digital recorders and laptops for those unable to access funded support

Disability Service

  • Advice about getting the relevant medical evidence
  • Provision of Non-Medical helpers e.g. Notetakers/BSL interpreters, LSAs and Specialist Mentors
  • PEEPs (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans)
  • Risk Assessments
  • Accessible parking scheme
  • Ergonomic chair scheme
  • DSA Assessment Centre
  • Digitisation Service for students with visual or physical impairments.

Specific Dyslexia and SpLD Services

  • Screening for Specific Learning Differences
  • Help in applying for funding towards the cost of a diagnostic assessment
  • Assistance with arranging a diagnostic assessment
  • Follow up discussion and explanation of the diagnostic report
  • SpLD Specialist Teaching

What you can expect from us

  • A friendly, welcoming and professional service with experienced staff
  • Free and confidential advice and guidance
  • One point in the University where you can discuss all your disability and education related needs
  • Support to develop and review individual learning goals

How to access support

See if you are eligible for support and find out how to access our services.

Consent to share

Any information you disclose or share will be held by the University and shared only to relevant individuals and services. The purpose for sharing information is to ensure that necessary support and adjustments are in place during your studies.

The University operates a confidentiality policy and information will be passed on appropriately and only with consent. There may be rare circumstances where information about students is disclosed without consent, for example if there are serious concerns or risks to you or others. The University works within the guidelines of the Data Protection Act (2018).

You can withdraw your consent at any time by notifying relevant services. If you do not consent to information being held and shared, the University may not be able to fully support your requirements.

View the University of Roehampton Data Protection guidelines.

Equality of opportunity

Our staff are committed to ensuring impartiality and equality of opportunity in the delivery of our services.

We encourage you to give us feedback so we can review our practices and improve our service. Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions.