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What support is available?

Students with a diagnosis of dyslexia or dyspraxia (or other SpLD) can access a wide range of services without applying for additional funding. These services include:

  • Daily drop-in sessions to meet with a Disability Adviser – Monday-Friday, 2pm-4pm (term-time only)
  • Access to the Student Enabling IT (SEnIT) Suite with assistive technology such text-to-speech and magnification software
  • Small equipment loans, e.g., digital voice recorders
  • Extended library loan facility – so that you can keep library materials for longer
  • Support applying for special exam arrangements – such as extra time or use of a PC
  • Assistance in requesting copies of handouts or lecture presentations in advance from your department
  • Advice and guidance, for both you and your department, about the potential impact of your SpLD on your studies and how this can be accommodated

To access a range of other services, you will need to apply for additional funding. Depending on your needs, these services could include:

  • a full assessment of your academic support needs
  • computer equipment or assistive software for you to own
  • one-to-one specialist tuition in study and literacy skills

Tuition for dyslexic students

Individual tuition in study and literacy skills is available for students who have a diagnosed SpLD. Ideally, tuition is funded through DSAs – but we are also able to offer tuition to students who are not eligible for DSAs (e.g., international students).

Tuition may focus on essay writing, planning and structuring written assignments, strategies for reading effectively or revision and examination technique. Study skills tuition is not subject-based. Rather, there is a focus on general skills, strategies and techniques to enable you to develop confidence and independence in your studies at undergraduate or graduate level. Sessions are usually one hour. Some students see a tutor regularly (e.g., weekly) – others may only need a few sessions, and others may not need specialist tuition at all. You don’t need to make a decision about this as soon as you start your course – but if you think tuition might be helpful, do get in touch.