1. Getting evidence
If you would like to access support for your disability, medical condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty you will need to provide us with some evidence.
If you are accessing support because you have a Specifc Learning Difficulty (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia etc) please supply us with a report confirming your diagnosis. This needs to have been carried out since since your 16th birthday and must have been assessed by a Specialist Teacher or Educational Psychologist.
If you are not sure if your report meets these requirements, or you do not have a report, please get in touch. We can help you get an updated report at no cost to you, after which we will be able to put support in place for you.
If you are accessing support because you have a disability, medical condition or a mental health difficulty, please provide us with evidence from your GP or other medical professional (e.g. consultant, psychiatric nurse etc) confirming your diagnosis or diagnoses.
If you are not sure whether your medical evidence is sufficient we will be able to confirm whether it meets our criteria. If you do not currently have medical evidence, we can support you through the process of obtaining some.
2. Book an appointment
To book an appointment with the Disability and Dyslexia team, see the contact details at the bottom of this page.
We will discuss the effect that your disability has on your studies and university life. With your permission, we can then make recommendations to your academic school about adjustments that can be made to your teaching, placement and assessment, such as extra time in exams, copies of lectures notes in advance and extensions to essay deadlines.
We will also talk to you about the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA); this can fund additional support, such as mentoring, study skills tuition and equipment. 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.
3. Needs assessment
If you have been successful in the first stage of your application for DSA, you will receive a letter from Student Finance England, NHS Bursaries 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 three Needs Assessment Centres based in Brighton 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.
4. Confirming funding
It can take up to four weeks 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.
Please contact us if you have any questions about this process. Contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.
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, such as mentoring or study skills tuition, we can help to arrange this for you.