The Disability Service, located within Student Advice and Support on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building, provides advice, information and practical support to all students with a disability, impairment, medical or health condition, or specific learning difference, such as dyslexia. The Service is available to undergraduate, postgraduate, full-time, part-time and online distance learners.
Disability Service Office hours
Monday to Friday: 9 am – 4.30 pm
Disability Advisers visit the Foresterhill campus on a fortnightly basis during term time. You can prebook an appointment or drop in during these sessions.
The definition of disability is very wide and includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Differences
- Visual Impairment
- Hearing Impairment
- Long-Term Illness
- Mental Health Conditions
- Physical Impairment
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger’s Syndrome
- Temporary Disability or injury
If you have a disability we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a Disability Adviser to discuss, agree and implement any support you may require.
Students applying through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) will be able to indicate their disability on the application form.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible for support, please contact us.
- School Disability Coordinators
Schools and Departments have identified members of staff as Disability Coordinators who the Disability Team work closely with to ensure that your reasonable adjustments are implemented.
We will only discuss disability-related information with other members of staff once we have your permission, or if we need to do this for reasons of health and safety, emergency, or public policy.
Before we put support in place, we ask for your consent to pass on information to colleagues who will provide your support. Our Disclosure Form explains how we treat and store your confidential information.
- How to Arrange Support
If you feel that you would benefit from disability-related support while you study with us, please provide us information about your support needs once you are offered your place. You can do this by completing the Offer Holder’s Form.
If you are already studying with us, please make an appointment to see a member of the Disability Team. Make sure you take evidence of your disability with you, so we can put the right support in place as quickly as possible. We wont be able to put some support arrangements, such as extra time, in place until we get your evidence.
If you are disabled or have a long-term medical condition you will need to provide evidence from a qualified medical professional such as:
- Specialist or Psychiatric Nurse
- Occupational Therapist
- Hospital Consultant
The evidence should identify:
- The name of the impairment or health condition
- When the impairment or health condition was diagnosed/identified
- How long the impairment/health condition is likely to last
- The main effects of the condition, e.g., mobility impairment, short term concentration ability
- Any side effects of any medication or treatment
- The impact that the impairment or health condition on your ability to engage in study activities
Medical evidence should be provided in English. If translation is required, it is your responsibility to arrange this with an accredited professional translation service.
If you have a specific learning difference, e.g., dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, we will accept pre- or post-16 evidence in the form of a report that identifies that you have a Specific Learning difficulty from one of the following:
- An Educational Psychologist
- An Educational Professional or Specialist Teacher, or equivalent, e.g., an Occupational Therapist who holds a current practising certificate in assessing specific learning difficulties issued by their relevant professional association e.g. the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS)
- An Educational Professional or Specialist Teacher who holds a current qualification that allows Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Accusation (AMBDA)
- Support We Can Implement
After discussing your needs with you, a Disability Adviser can put together a list of the adjustments you need. We call these your provisions and, with your permission, we will communicate this information to the relevant staff at the University.
Some examples of adjustments are:
- Lecture outlines and PowerPoint slides for lectures in advance and in alternative formats:
- Reading lists in advance
- Extra time in exams
- Use of a computer in exams
- Reader/scribe in exams
- No penalties for poor spelling or grammar
- Agreed extensions to deadlines
Some examples of support with taught sessions are:
- Support workers, such as note-takers, to ensure that students have an accurate record of what is covered in lectures
- The loan of digital recorders to record sessions
- Support worker assistance in practical sessions (e.g. in labs) to ensure that students can work effectively and safely
Arrangements for exam adjustments need to be in place in advance of the start of exams. These include arrangements such as:
- extra time
- use of a computer and assistive software
- a smaller exam venue with fewer other candidates
- Exam papers in alternative formats (e.g. Braille or large print)
- No penalties for poor spelling or grammar:
If you require adjustments in exams, please make sure you have spoken to a Disability Adviser before the deadline.
The deadlines for disabled students requesting provisions in exams in academic year 2019/20 are as follows:
- First half-session: Friday 1 November 2019
- Second half-session: Friday 20 March 2020
- Resits: Friday 5th June 2020
If you require any disability-related provisions for your exams that have not already been agreed and implemented for your current course of study, please arrange an appointment with a Disability Adviser by calling 01224 273935 or by coming into the Student Advice and Support Office.
- Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
We can help disabled students to apply for funds to cover the additional support that they require during their studies. This is to assist you with course related expenses specifically related to your disability or Specific Learning Difference (SPLD). You will need to contact the Student Advice and Support Office to make an appointment with a Disability Adviser who can advise you on the process of applying.
- Screening for Dyslexia
If you suspect that you may have dyslexia, or a specific learning difference (SpLD), we can offer you a screening. We use a computer-based programme for the screening exercise which indicates if you are exhibiting indicators of an SpLD. If you do, you will be given the opportunity of a referral to an Educational Psychologist for a full assessment. To arrange a screening appointment, please visit, or contact the Student Advice and Support Office.
- Support with Accessing the Campus
If you require assistance to access the campus and University buildings, the Disability Service can help with:
- Arranging support worker assistance.
- Liaising with University Departments to arrange accessible teaching and exam venues.
- Referral for University disabled parking permits for non-Blue badge holders.
- Development of a Personal Evacuation Plan if you will need assistance with evacuation in the event of an emergency.
- SafeZone is a free app for students that connects you to the University security team if you ever need urgent help, first aid or if you have an emergency while on campus.
- AccessAble provides detailed access information for University buildings on the Kings College Campus, the Foresterhill Campus, and the Halls of Residence, to inform prospective students of the accessibility of the campus.