Best unis with autism support for masters degree?

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Quack_Dragon
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I’m Annabel.
I am a final year undergrad student and am thinking about potentially doing a masters in the UK.
I am wondering which unis have the best support for neurodivergent students from your experience?
I am autistic and also have ADHD and some mental health issues that come along with it. I have really struggled at undergrad without having any support (had to take a year off this year for autistic burnout) so if I were to do a masters, I would want to do it at a uni that I can get good support from.

Thanks guys
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Hi!
I’m Annabel.
I am a final year undergrad student and am thinking about potentially doing a masters in the UK.
I am wondering which unis have the best support for neurodivergent students from your experience?
I am autistic and also have ADHD and some mental health issues that come along with it. I have really struggled at undergrad without having any support (had to take a year off this year for autistic burnout) so if I were to do a masters, I would want to do it at a uni that I can get good support from.

Thanks guys
Hi Annabel,

I am so sorry to hear that you haven't been able to receive the support you needed and I hope you are well.

I am a student ambassador for the University of Portsmouth and came across your question. At the University of Portsmouth we have a separate additional support and disability advice centre (ASDAC) for those that require support. The following link will take you to the University of Portsmouth ASDAC webpage that will give you some more information regarding what they offer - https://www.port.ac.uk/student-life/...ability-advice. For example the ASDAC provide academic support with exams and lectures as well as helping you will eligibility and applying for the Disables Students Allowance.

I do hope you find the University for you with the support that you need so you have a more fun university experience then you undergraduate

I hope this helps
Loren Snowden UoP Student Ambassador
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Hi Annabel,

I am so sorry to hear that you haven't been able to receive the support you needed and I hope you are well.

I am a student ambassador for the University of Portsmouth and came across your question. At the University of Portsmouth we have a separate additional support and disability advice centre (ASDAC) for those that require support. The following link will take you to the University of Portsmouth ASDAC webpage that will give you some more information regarding what they offer - https://www.port.ac.uk/student-life/...ability-advice. For example the ASDAC provide academic support with exams and lectures as well as helping you will eligibility and applying for the Disables Students Allowance.

I do hope you find the University for you with the support that you need so you have a more fun university experience then you undergraduate

I hope this helps
Loren Snowden UoP Student Ambassador
Thank you so much Loren! I will most certainly check it out! Thank you very much for the link too
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Hi!
I’m Annabel.
I am a final year undergrad student and am thinking about potentially doing a masters in the UK.
I am wondering which unis have the best support for neurodivergent students from your experience?
I am autistic and also have ADHD and some mental health issues that come along with it. I have really struggled at undergrad without having any support (had to take a year off this year for autistic burnout) so if I were to do a masters, I would want to do it at a uni that I can get good support from.

Thanks guys
Hey Annabel!

I have just finished my undergraduate at the University of Kent, and now I'm going onto my masters at Kent too, so I hope I can provide some insight into the support the University offers, as it's truly incredibly.

Kent has it's own dedicated student support and wellbeing department who truly help with everything and anything. It's a service I have personally used for my mental health diagnosis, and they've supported my studies the whole way. For autism specifically, there are lots of ways that Kent helps through their Disability Advisers. This includes:
  • Creating a Inclusive Learning Plan to advise your academic school the best ways to support your learning, such as extra exam time, particular methods of teaching and equipment.
  • Helping you apply for Disabled Student's Allowance which can provide additional equipment for your studies, such as laptops, printers and online study programmes
  • Provide additional support you may need such as mentoring, study skills, education support assistance, careers service, peer support groups and more.
  • Specialist Autism Mentors who will meet weekly with you to discuss any academic or social issues who are trained specifically for students with autism.
There's more details here too! On the page you can also book in a specific autism visit day with an orientation allowing you to meet all the support staff and get used to the environment so you feel comfortable for September.


Kent also have the UoKA (University of Kent Autistics) group, which is a student-led peer support group who meet weekly for social events and to talking sessions. You're welcome to ask them additional questions over email or Facebook which can be visited here.


I hope this has helped! Feel free to ask any more questions!

- Nathan
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