University Of Cumbria Disability

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University Of Cumbria Disability

Disability and SpLD e.g. dyslexia

The University is committed to ensuring that all disabled student’s are able to participate effectively in their chosen programme of study and all areas of University life. The University defines disability broadly, including:

  • mobility impairments
  • sensory impairments
  • medical conditions
  • autism (ASD )
  • specific learning difficulties(SpLD’s such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia )
  • mental health conditions.

The University has a disability statement  that details the adjustments that are available to all disabled students at the University. The adjustments detailed in the statement are part of the basic offer, other adjustments are available dependent on your needs. To access these adjustments you will need to:

  • provide some evidence of your disability , such as GP’s letter and for many SpLD’s an Educational Psychologist Assessment
  • and make an appointment for what we call an action planning meeting as a first step.

The University has various specialist advisers who have a range of different roles.

  • Learning Development Adviser / Learning Adviser if you have a SpLD / Autism (ASD )
  • Disability Officer if you have a disability /or a diagnosis mental health condition
  • If you have both a SpLD / disability you can see either.

You can do this by contacting the learning centre at the campus you are on in person or emailing LiSS. This appointment will discuss with you:

  • support available to you on your academic course such as additional time in exams, extended library loans,
  • loan of digital recorders to record teaching sessions (for which you need permission )
  • accessing the Disabled Students Allowance ;  Many funding bodies offer an additional allowances called Disabled Students Allowances(DSA’s) which cover the costs of additional support that you may incur at University and for further adjustments such as access and training for IT equipment / assistive software and access to non-medical help such as specialist study skills / mentors
  • if you are unable to access  the DSA , the University has other funds that may be available to support your learning and access to your course
  • discuss support on and access to ,any professional placements you may have

At the end of the meeting these discussions will become part of an individual disablity/spld action plan which will be with your consent circulated to your academic team and other servcies . This will ensure that there is an awareness of your needs and adjustmets and the right support are available to you whilst you are studying with us .

Please bring along whatever evidence that you have that you have to the appointment and /or  Send us details of your disability – complete the questionnaire


Amy Crossland


The support you get from this Uni is fantastic. Anyone can reach their goals or do whatever they want if they have the mixture of strong determination and the ability to ask for help.”
Amy Crossland