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Durham University

Department of Physics

Students with special needs

The University is committed to full compliance with the aims of the Equality Act 2010. Once a student has been accepted for a course of study, the University accepts a responsibility to ensure appropriate provision for that student throughout his/her course. Students with disabilities are encouraged and helped to be responsible for their own learning and so achieve their full academic potential. Students with disabilities are therefore strongly encouraged to disclose them to the University at the earliest opportunity.

Durham University's Disability Support service aims to provide appropriate care and support for all Durham students with a disability, medical or mental health condition which significantly affects study. The Disability Support service can advise you and organise special academic facilities if you have a disability and need some help. They will try to provide whatever support is necessary to enable you to study effectively and to make full use of your opportunities at University. This help will be specific and appropriate to you and relevant to the courses you choose. Students who think that they may benefit from such help are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a Disability Support adviser at the earliest opportunity.

Special arrangements and facilities may well be required by disabled students when taking examinations. These might include extra reading time or a separate quiet room and are intended to minimise the effects of disability, which are often exacerbated by examination conditions. The Disability Support service organises all the requisite examination concessions for students with disabilities who have made themselves known to them and requested such concessions (for which the deadline is the end of the Epiphany Term). It also makes recommendations to departments for students with disabilities who have regular support from the Service. The Departmental Disability Representative in the Department of Physics is Dr Vincent Eke and he is available and willing to talk with students about their needs in the Department.

Our Department has many students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, hearing and other difficulties. The department is wheelchair accessible and has two lifts providing access to all laboratories.

For further advice, or to obtain a copy of the University's Disability Statement, please contact Disability Support, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE, Tel: 0191 334 8115, Email: