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Disability Support

Every student should be able to experience the full range of the university’s activities. If you have a disability, a long-standing medical condition or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, the Disability Service can help you make the most of your time at UWS.

To arrange a meeting with an Adviser please contact us by completing a the Student Support Request Form (Word) and send it back in person at The Student Hub or Student Link on your campus or by:

You can see our full Disability Service Privacy Statement here.

Team leader Ruth Leith introduces the service – British Sign Language with subtitles

Ruth Leith Introduces the Service – British Sign Language with Subtitles | UWS Health & Wellbeing

Personalised support

Our advisers can work with you to develop the right support for lectures, individual study and assessments. Support is flexible: it can be adapted to the changing demands of your course.

We can:

  • liaise with academic staff about any reasonable adjustments you need
  • recommend exam support, such as extra time or use of a PC
  • make a referral to the university’s occupational therapist
  • make arrangements in other areas, such as library support or blue badge parking
  • access funding for equipment or support.
David Blair, Disability Adviser, explains how the Team can Support You | UWS Supporting Your Health

David Blair, Disability Adviser, explains how the team can support you

Specific learning difficulties

Specific learning difficulties include conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.

UWS is an inclusive and modern university. All students can make use of facilities such as:

  • lecture capture (where lectures are recorded, usually the slideshow plus audio)
  • lecture materials provided in advance on Moodle
  • assistive software on all campus PCs, with packages for mind-mapping, read-aloud and enhanced spelling and grammar checking
  • skills development advisers to help improve your study skills.

Most students with a specific learning difficulty will find these resources meet their needs. But if you feel you need extra support, please contact us by completing a request form.

Lorraine Macmillan Explains How Learning Difficulties Can Be Assessed | UWS

Lorraine Macmillan explains how learning difficulties can be assessed

Study resources and assistive technology

Download our study resources leaflet for tips and links to software for reading, writing, planning and organising your work.

Kevin Wilson Outlines How Academic Skills Advisers Can Support Your Learning | UWS

Kevin Wilson outlines how Academic Skills Advisers can support your learning


SilverCloud gives you secure, immediate access to interactive CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) modules.

Programmes include:

  • Space from Stress
  • Space from Anxiety
  • Space from Depression
  • Space for Positive Body Image


It’s easy to use, interesting and motivational. Access it anywhere on your computer, tablet or mobile. Learn more and sign up online. 

Online accessibility

Many websites provide help on how to get the most of the accessibility features and assistive technologies available for your computer. Here are a few we would recommend.

Last updated: 26/09/2017