If you would like support from the university you will need to provide us with some evidence of your disability or condition(s). For example:
- If you have a specific learning difficulty – we would need to see a report carried out by a specialist teacher or educational psychologist. If you are not sure if your report meets these requirements or if you do not have a report – we can fund an up to date assessment for you.
- If you require assistance from us for any other condition you will need a letter from your GP or other medical professional (consultant, psychiatric nurse etc) confirming your condition(s).
If you are not sure whether your evidence is sufficient or if you don't have any – we can help you, get in touch with us.
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Come and talk to us about how we can help you with your studies and university life.
Once you come and speak with us we can, with your permission, make recommendations to your academic school about adjustments to your teaching, placement and assessments.
This could include:
- extra time in exams
- extensions to essay deadlines
- adaptations to equipment or access.
We can also talk to you about the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), which can fund additional support, such as:
- 1:1 specialist mentoring
- 1:1 study skills tuition
We can help you to apply for this funding if you are eligible. If you are not eligible for the DSA, the university may be able to help fund some additional support for you to accommodate your disability-related needs.
If you have been successful in the first stage of your application for DSA, you will receive a letter from Student Finance England or your equivalent funding body asking you to make an appointment for a needs assessment. These are carried out at a recognised Assessment Centre. This is an informal appointment which can last up to 2 hours and will determine what funding-related items or support you will need for your course.
There are five Needs Assessment Centres based in Sussex and you can attend whichever is most convenient. Alternatively, there are also other centres based around the country.
Find your nearest Assessment Centre on the DSA-QAG website.
It can take up to four weeks (or longer during busier times therefore apply for your DSA funding early) after your needs assessment before you receive your confirmation of funding letter. This outlines the items and/or support that has been agreed. The letter will include instructions on how you can order any equipment and access support.
Get in touch with us if you have any questions about this process.
If your funding is through Student Finance England, you will be asked to pay the first £200 of your computer equipment, but the university's DSA Reimbursement Fund can assist students whose household income is £25,000pa or less.
If you have had any non-medical helper support agreed, 1:1 specialist mentoring or 1:1 study skills tuition, we can help to arrange this for you if the University of Brighton is your recommended provider.
If we aren't your provider and you would like us to be, we can help you contact the funding body and request that the provider is changed to the University of Brighton.