If you have a Specific Learning Difference (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia we encourage you to disclose this to the University when you apply or prior to starting your course.
The Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) is a government fund that can help towards the cost of support, such as specialist software packages and computer equipment.
Find out more about the DSA
Information for applicants to DMU
To support an application for the DSA, you will need an up-to-date Educational
Psychologist Assessment or Specialist Teacher Assessment which was carried out after the age of 16 years.
Your school or college may fund an assessment for you prior to you starting your university course. We would advise you to speak to your school or college and ask if they can fund a diagnostic assessment. An alternatively option is to fund the assessment yourself; the cost can vary from £300 to £500 approximately.
However, if you have a Conditional Firm offer with DMU, we may be able to fund an
assessment prior to you starting your course. Although this is subject to availability of funds, and cannot be guaranteed.
If you have an assessment that was carried out after your were 16 years old and meets the SpLD Working Group 2005/DfES Guidelines, it should be suitable to support an application for the Disabled Students' Allowances. For further information the Government has produced guidelines regarding assessment reports accepted for the Disabled Students' Allowances
applications. The guidelines are called SpLD Working Group 2005/DfES Guidelines.
However if you are unsure you may wish to contact the person who assessed you and check with them.
It is important that you let us have a copy of the assessment, so that we can discuss relevant faculty support with you, which might include extra time for examinations, extensions on your library loans, lecture notes and hand-outs in advance etc.
When you provide a copy of your assessment to the Faculty Disability Officer, they will
advise you about the faculty support available.
If you are a current student and think that you might be dyslexic or have another SpLD, we advise you to make a 30 minute Disability Officer appointment to discuss your concerns and learning style. Following the appointment it may be appropriate to refer you for a diagnostic assessment which may be funded by the University. To book a Disability Officer appointment, MyGateway will show all available appointments; alternatively you can book at the ground floor reception desk at the Student Gateway.
Some courses are ineligible for the Disabled Students' Allowances funding, as are some students eg EU and international students. However, we would advise you to contact us to seek further advice and guidance.