Disability & Wellbeing ServiceInformation for staff

Our Disability Advisers advise University staff on how best to support their students. Advisers are happy to provide guidance, training, and development in the areas of:

  • disabled student support
  • University policy
  • disability awareness
  • other areas

Who we support

Disability Advisers will support anyone experiencing physical, psychological, or mental impairments. These impairments may create barriers to life as a student. These might be, but are not limited to:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD's): students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder (AD(H)D)
  • visual impairments: students who are blind or have a serious visual impairment not corrected by glasses
  • hearing impairments: students who are d/Deaf or have a loss of hearing
  • physical impairments: students who have mobility difficulties
  • mental health difficulties: this category includes a student who has depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia
  • unseen disabilities: students with diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, or other illnesses
  • Asperger's Syndrome: students with Asperger's or other Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • another impairment: for students who have an impairment not listed above but are classed as disabled under the Equality Act (2010). You're disabled under the Equality Act if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities

The sections below give University staff information about how we support disabled students. If you have a query that's not answered here, please contact us for more information:

Working with specific groups of disabled students


Training and development

We also run a variety of development opportunities through the Organisational and Staff Development Unit (OSDU) including:

  • ensure an inclusive approach in the classroom
  • disability awareness
  • working with students with Asperger’s Syndrome
  • working with students with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
  • working with students who are deaf/hearing impaired
  • working with students who are blind/visually impaired
  • making documents accessible