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Durham University

Disability Support


Durham University is striving to become an inclusive learning community. Whatever your disability or learning support needs, we seek to arrange the support you need to benefit from the student university experience.

The Equality Act (2010) defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This may include:

  • A specific learning difficulty such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or ADHD
  • Asperger Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Conditions
  • A visual impairment
  • A hearing impairment
  • A physical condition affecting your mobility
  • A mental health condition
  • A long-term medical condition

The University is committed to offering appropriate support for students experiencing any of these conditions, which could affect your ability to perform on an equal level with your fellow students. The University also has an active programme of works to improve accessibility on campus. We have worked with Disabled Go to map the majority of our buildings across campus and describe access to each of our buildings.

What support is available?

We offer a variety of professional support and advice, including:

  • Advice before you arrive at Durham University
  • Contact with a Disability Adviser to determine appropiate support arrangements
  • Individual Student Support Plans
  • Liaison with departments and tutors
  • Help with applying for the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) or other financial support
  • Referral for regular Study Skills or Mental Health support, in acordance with funded recommendations
  • Specialist support from qualified Mental Health Advisors
  • Assistive Technology support
  • Loans of equipment, including digital voice recorders, if unavailable from other sources
  • Library support, including extended loans and access to assistive software in the library
  • Support with examinations, such as extra time if recommended
  • In-house library resources for students

To help make your first appointment as useful as possible, please bring with you a copy of any relevant supporting evidence of your disability, if you have some. If you don’t already have evidence then your Disability Adviser can discuss this with you during your appointment.

If you would like to make an appointment to meet or speak with a Disability Adviser please contact us .