Specialist Learning Support

Having a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty shouldn’t be a barrier to higher education. So at UCW, we do all we can to support students who are affected by any of the above. We aim to foster an inclusive environment to encourage independent learning, but also provide tailored support when it is needed.

This includes supporting students through the Disabled Students’ Allowance application process, study skills sessions, mental health and wellbeing advice and specialist support, including for those on the autism spectrum.

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Our Specialist Learning Support Team is led by Specialist Support Manager Sarah Parnell. If you’d like to contact Sarah, please email her at sarah.parnell@ucw.ac.uk or phone 01934 411 411 ext 1343.

The team can be contacted on support@ucw.ac.uk or by phone on 01934 411 558 or 07891 618 057. They can also be found in room 020 in the Winter Gardens, room 303 in Knightstone and room C109 in Loxton Campus.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are grants to help pay for the extra essential costs a student may have as a direct result of a disability, a long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (SpLD), such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Once a student has successfully applied for DSA, Student Finance provides funding for additional support. This money does not have to be repaid.

Please download our DSA guide here.

You can also find more information about the standard rates we charge for specialist support under DSA here.