Academic support

The Learner Support Service can help you with your study, disabilities and learning difficulties, and is available to all students who feel they need support.

Dyslexia support

If you are dyslexic – or think you might be – we can help. People with dyslexia think and learn differently from others but we have the tools to support you.

To help us give you the best support we ask you to fill in a self-assessment form before your course begins to let us know you are dyslexic, and you're welcome to call or email the Learner Support team for a chat. If you are not sure of you have dyslexia – or previous tests have been inconclusive – you can take a screening test when you arrive, and talk through your needs in greater detail with our experienced Learner Support Coordinator.

Help for dyslexic students includes:

  • Free dyslexia screening.
  • Exam support such as extra time or a scribe – someone to write down the answers you dictate.
  • Assistive software on PCs in the library.
  • Assistive technology to borrow, such as laptops with assistive software and digital Dictaphones.
  • Dyslexia assessments on campus with a qualified assessor.
  • Assessment of your study needs.
  • Practical help to apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance.
  • Individual study skills and support with dyslexia qualified tutors.
  • A dyslexia scholarship scheme.

Financial help

Students with dyslexia may be eligible for support through the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) to help meet the extra costs of studying that you may face and allow you to study on an equal basis with other students. The allowance is not income dependant.

Dyslexia scholarship

Undergraduate students may be eligible to apply for help towards the cost of a dyslexia assessment through our Dyslexia Scholarship Scheme. Based on your household income you could claim up to £240.

Postgraduate students will receive a contribution through the scheme; in 2016/7 this was £150.

We recommend you apply before you arrive so you can start your course with all the support you need.

Study skills

Studying at university is a bit different to college so we offer group and individual support to help you adjust. Just drop in to one of our regular lunchtime workshops – there's no need to book.

We can help you to:

  • Make effective notes
  • Understand assignment guidelines and criteria
  • Write reports
  • Structure essays
  • Understand references and bibliographies
  • Give spoken presentations
  • Develop alternative presentation skills
  • Manage your time
  • Revise and learn exam techniques
  • Brush up on grammar, spelling and punctuation

Maths support

All students will need basic numeracy skills which our maths support tutor can help you with, either individually or in small groups. Some courses or modules are more mathematical than others, such as Engineering Maths and Introductory Research Methods (statistics) so we provide more targeted help that closely follows the course content, helping you to improve your results.

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Personal support

Your senior tutor, who will look after everyone on your course, can help you with any personal problems or if you are struggling with your studies. You'll meet them in Freshers' Week, but if you'd like a chat before you arrive Student Services can put you in touch.

Course reps

A student on each course is elected early in the first term to represent their classmates and help to shape the direction of your learning journey. They attend regular meetings with staff where they'll put forward your views and suggestions.

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