We offer information, advice and specialist support to students with disabilities, including mental health difficulties, ongoing medical conditions and specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.
Some of the things we can help with include exam or timetabling adjustments, access to facilities, and specialist study skills support.
If you've told us about a disability on your university application form, we'll get in touch to discuss the support we can offer you or you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the support you can receive, visit the Disability and Dyslexia Support web page or check the information below.
No, you won't. We welcome disabled students and will do all we reasonably can to support you in your studies.
You’ll be offered a place on the basis of the entry requirements for your course, and your academic potential. However, we recommend that you tell us if you have a disability or additional support needs. You can do this when you apply to ARU.
If you had exams arrangements at school, it's helpful for us to see your Form 8 or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). This should explain your arrangement and confirm your normal way of working.
We will contact you about the level of support we can offer and reasonable adjustments we can make, so that you can make an informed decision about where you choose to study.
If you have any questions about support or about your individual needs, you can contact a Disability or Dyslexia Adviser at any time. Email email@example.com.
At ARU we can offer support with your studies. This might include making some arrangements around exams.
If you have dyslexia, you can show us a copy of your diagnostic assessment report. The report should have been completed by a suitably qualified professional, such as a psychologist or specialist teacher.
If you have any other disability or long-term medical condition, we will need to see recent medical evidence which gives a diagnosis and describes the impact of your disability. You can use our medical evidence form to obtain this.
A Summary of Reasonable Adjustments, or SRA, is the way we tell people about your disability. We only tell people who need to know this information.
An SRA also helps us to make adjustments for you, including any special exam arrangements.
If you tell us about a disability on your application form we will be in touch to talk about reasonable adjustments. Your SRA will be based on the evidence you give us about the impact of your disability. We will agree it with you before we share it.
We recommend telling us about your needs even if you're not sure you will choose to study at ARU. If you come to study here, it means we can get support in place as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about reasonable adjustments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal care support is practical help or assistance you require for daily life, regardless of student status – in other words, non-study related activities or tasks.
Personal care could include help:
We do not provide support or funding for personal care or medical treatment (including medication, medical supplies or mobility equipment). It is assessed and funded by your local social services team and must be initiated in plenty of time.
If you'd like more information about personal care support at university, see our guidance on personal care support at university or email our disability advisers: email@example.com.
While your application is being processed we recommend that you tell us if you have a disability or additional support needs. We will contact you about the level of support we can offer and reasonable adjustments we can make, so that you can make an informed decision about where you choose to study.
You might find you’re eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), which can be used for equipment and support to help you to complete your course.
If you are eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) you can apply before you start university.
You can have a study needs assessment before you start your course. This is a conversation between you and an assessor, looking at the support you might need in university. It helps to make sure that support is in place from the very start of your course.
It doesn’t matter if you decide to go to a different university, as the needs assessment can be transferred to your new university.
Find out more about DSA at https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/how-to-claim.
If you need help with your application or are not sure if you will be eligible, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any physical or mental health concerns or disabilities, please let us know when you apply for University accommodation. We can allocate rooms to suit your individual needs. This could include adapted rooms or accommodation for full-time carers.
Our allocations policy allows all full-time students with a disability or medical condition to apply for University accommodation, regardless of their year of study.
After you apply for accommodation and give us details of your diagnosis, staff from the Disability Team and Residential Service meet and discuss each case individually.
In Cambridge, there are limited car parking spaces for Blue Badge holders on campus, and at some University accommodation in Cambridge. The Newmarket Road Park and Ride service stops outside campus, at the Grafton Centre shopping precinct,.
In Chelmsford, there are spaces for Blue Badge holders and excellent Park and Ride facilities.
If you have a Blue Badge and need to bring your car to university, please make this clear on your Disability/Medical Condition form and we will advise you on how to arrange this.
There are a limited number of permits for students who do not have a Blue Badge, but have evidence of disabilities which impact significantly on their mobility and ability to use public transport. If you are not a Blue Badge holder you will need to pay for your parking if you are allocated a permit in Chelmsford.
There's plenty of help in offer for new students.
If you'd like to know more, please email email@example.com.
All students can audio record lectures, tutorials and other teaching/supervision sessions, using their own equipment, for personal learning. You can also access presentations and outlines two working days before lectures, so that you have time to prepare.
This is all part of our Accessible and Inclusive Learning Materials Policy.
If you are new to university, you may not know what to expect or how your condition will impact on your studies. We understand this. Some conditions are progressive, and some can fluctuate over time. We can review and amend your Summary of Reasonable Adjustments (SRA) at any time. If you think your SRA might need to change, speak to your Disability Adviser or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re thinking about studying at ARU and have any questions about support with a disability or learning difference, please email them to email@example.com
If you've told us about a disability on your university application form, we'll get in touch to discuss the support we can offer you or you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org