Support while studying

Support Available for Blind/Partially Sighted Students

Disabled Student Allowance

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is a non-means tested grant available to disabled students who are applying for, or are attending, a course of Higher Education. The allowance covers any additional study-related costs that students will incur because of a disability.

We would encourage you to contact your funding body to start your application for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) as soon as you can (UK students only). The Disability Advisers can help with this process and can assist you with any questions that you may have.

Support without Funding

Some support can be provided without applying for any additional funding. This includes:

  • the loan of small items of equipment, such as a recording device or electronic magnifier from Hardware Loans Service
  • access to campus-based computers with assistive technology (including text-to-speech, mind-mapping and magnification software)
  • alternative examination arrangements, such as extra time, the use of a pc and assistive software, reader or examination papers in alternative formats (for example, braille or large print)
  • access to campus-based computers with assistive technology (including text-to-speech and magnification software)
  • membership of the RNIB National Library Service  
  • assistance in requesting copies of handouts or lecture presentations in advance from your School
  • guide dogs are welcome across campus and guide dog toilet facilities can be arranged 
  • extended library loan facilities, so that you can keep library books for longer
  • advice and guidance to both you and your School about the impact of your disability on various study tasks, and how to accommodate this

You may also want to start to think about what type of accommodation you would like, and whether you may need some mobility training once you arrive here.  Assistance with arranging both campus and local orientation can be provided by a Disability Adviser.

Support during your studies

Throughout your chosen course of study you will be able to contact or meet up with the Disability Advisers. They will be able to assist you with your DSA application, follow up any recommendations and offer you ongoing support.

If note takers or readers are required, the Disability Adviser will liaise with a support worker service to put this in place, and will also make any modified exam arrangements that may be needed. We can arrange to have documents transcribed into your preferred format.

You will be shown how to make the most of accessible software on the university IT systems, and how to access the local intranet, Blackboard, where you will find information relevant to your course.