Best disability services at uni

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Hi there

I am looking to attend university next year and just wondered if anyone knew which universities have a good disability service as this is something I want to take into consideration when applying?

Many thanks in advance for your help
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Nottingham trent are pretty good from what I have heard and the service at Leeds Beckett is supposed to be good. I have a friend studying there and they say the support there is great.

Sheffield Hallam used to be good at one time but seems to be going downhill in certain areas. My son has had problems while on his course in the last year or so - they have started sending out threatening emails to students saying if they don't attend their sessions they will cancel their support. they just seem to be making it more difficult for students to actually get their support by making them jump through so many hoops. Half the staff aren't even experts in the area they work in so don't even know what they are talking about and the tone of some of the emails are quite snotty from certain staff members from the ones I have read.

huddersfield also has a good reputation, especially with deaf students. I think quite a large number of disabled students there are hearing impaired. Hope this helps in some way
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Yes, NTU are fab
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I went to Bournemouth University who were quite frankly atrocious in terms of support and I have now transferred elsewhere. I had two operations during my only year at BU. First time they forgot to put notetaker in place, then they forgot to add extra time in some exams, then when I had my second operation in June I was forced into university 5 days post-op in a wheelchair and high on morphine with the threat of failing the year. My parents had to travel 250 miles to get me in to university because BU couldn't be bothered to make arrangements. Disgraceful really, don't recommend it to anyone.

Huddersfield I have heard good things about.
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Royal Holloway are pretty amazing, in my (albeit limited!) experience so far
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I go to Essex university, and they've been amazing with helping me with my disabilities (both physical and mental health).
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I've been extremely impressed by Oxford so far.
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(Original post by Plagioclase)
I've been extremely impressed by Oxford so far.
Glad to hear that
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I found Middlesex were good. I was unfortuantely caught up in the backlogs of student finance, which also included DSA. I was loaned a dictaphone until my equipment came through. I could email my tutor and lecturers if I was having any issues. I was lucky - I went to their open and spoke to their technology department. I was told that their former head of department was blind. (I'm partially sighted)

The OU are pretty decent too.
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Oxford, NTU, Huddersfield are all good and Leeds too.

I used to work and study at Sheff Hallam some time ago as it used to be good and recently I think the service has become too complacent. It seems that some staff don't even have basic disability awareness with the spread sheets they use for student bookings - my friend showed me hers the other day and she has dyslexia - it's enough to drive anyone with visual difficulties mad!! From what I have heard it seems some staff are more interested in saving/making money than the students and they don't even care about getting the right staff in. It's more if your face fits. Thankfully I chose to go elsewhere in the end
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(Original post by Plagioclase)
I've been extremely impressed by Oxford so far.
What is the support like at oxford?
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What is the support like at oxford?
I'm not actually there yet, but the support I've been given for the transition has been brilliant. They've put all the support I need in place and they've really been "on the ball" in that they've responded to my questions very quickly and were very happy to arrange meetings so I already know the relevant disability officers well. I guess we'll see over the next few weeks whether this actually works in practice but they've managed to make me as calm as it's possible (stress is inevitable but at least I actually feel like I can go now!).
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(Original post by Plagioclase)
I'm not actually there yet, but the support I've been given for the transition has been brilliant. They've put all the support I need in place and they've really been "on the ball" in that they've responded to my questions very quickly and were very happy to arrange meetings so I already know the relevant disability officers well. I guess we'll see over the next few weeks whether this actually works in practice but they've managed to make me as calm as it's possible (stress is inevitable but at least I actually feel like I can go now!).
Ahh you're in the same position as me then! Hopefully they're as good when were actually there as they are now
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I've heard from others UEA are good.
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I've heard from others UEA are good.
Sorry to interupt the thread. on the topic of Unis dealing with dyslexic students. Does anyone have an opinion on dyslexia support at Bangor (wrexham campus), Birmingham city, UWE, Exeter and Derby. thank you
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Sorry to interupt the thread. on the topic of Unis dealing with dyslexic students. Does anyone have an opinion on dyslexia support at Bangor (wrexham campus), Birmingham city, UWE, Exeter and Derby. thank you
Hi Kate,

We can provide ongoing specialist support for students with dyslexia. If you are eligible you will be able to apply for an allowance through your funding body e.g. student finance, NHS etc. They may fund for specialist one-to-one study skills support and a range of assistive technologies to support your studies.

We also provide examination, teaching and learning adjustments depending on the needs of the student.

For more information visit our dyslexia support page or contact our disability service.

Hope that helps, any other questions let me know.

Priscilla
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Hi Kate,

We can provide ongoing specialist support for students with dyslexia. If you are eligible you will be able to apply for an allowance through your funding body e.g. student finance, NHS etc. They may fund for specialist one-to-one study skills support and a range of assistive technologies to support your studies.

We also provide examination, teaching and learning adjustments depending on the needs of the student.

For more information visit our dyslexia support page or contact our disability service.

Hope that helps, any other questions let me know.

Priscilla
thank you very much thats a great help
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If I may ask as well, what's the support like at Sheffield Uni compared to Hallam, generally and for autistic people in particular? Any relevant information regarding either university would be brilliant if you have any.
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This is late but in case anybody else is wondering about this question - I am just finishing up my degree at Birmingham City University and I can safely say I have received outstanding support through all my years there. This includes alternative assessments, extra time, tutor support, and generally any adjustments you might need. They have been instrumental in helping me succeed to the level I'm at - I couldn't be more grateful!
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This is really late but I have Chronic Fatigue and possibly PoTS (postural tachycardia syndrome) and am looking at applying for uni to go in September 2021. I’m looking at doing History at UCL, KCL, York, Nottingham, Royal Holloway. Does anyone know what these unis are like?
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