Learning differences

Students with a Specific Learning Difference (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia are encouraged to disclose this to DMU as early as possible to ensure support is implemented for the start of your course.

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) funding can provide practical support to UK Home students, such as:

  • 1:1 Study Skills tuition 
  • Specialist software packages 
  • Computer equipment
  • General allowance e.g. for printing costs

Any support received does not need to be paid back and is valid for the duration of your studies. Eligible undergraduates and postgraduates can apply via the website Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA).

An up-to-date Educational Psychologist assessment or Specialist Teacher assessment (post 16 years) is required to apply for the DSA, but if this is not available, please see below.

Schools or colleges may fund an assessment prior to starting at DMU or an alternative is to privately fund this. However if you hold an Unconditional/Conditional Firm offer with DMU we may be able to pay for the assessment so please contact us to discuss this. 

Once evidence is available of your learning difference, support at DMU may include:

  • Extra time in examinations
  • Tutors informed of support needs
  • Library support
  • Assistance with extra time in assignments

Contact details

Email us at spld@dmu.ac.uk or call 0116 257 7595 and select option one. Students can book appointments online via MyGateway or at the Student Gateway reception.