Types of support

Introduction to types of support

Meeting disabled students' needs may require specialist equipment or support. As well as information here, more can be found in the Student Services section of the site. If you have any questions, please contact Disability Service.


The University encourages all applicants and students to disclose any disability and support needs they might have. This helps staff to provide students with appropriate information and support. You can either disclose your disability at the help desk or at the disability service reception. This is essential if you require exam adjustments or wish to receive any support with your studies whilst you are at UWE Bristol.

Privacy policy

We understand that you may be concerned about disclosing information about yourself or your condition. Please be assured that all information you provide is confidential and is shared only with those directly involved in your support arrangements with your consent. If we are fully aware of your needs we will be better equipped to ensure you are supported. Please see our privacy policy for more information on data protection and confidentiality at UWE Bristol.

To find out what disability support we offer please take a look at the headings below.

Accessing UWE Bristol's website

See the BBC My web my way guide for advice on getting the most out of accessibility features and assistive technologies for your computer. The other accessibility features of UWE Bristol's web pages are described in the accessibility link that you will find at the bottom of every UWE Bristol web page.


The University has residential accommodation on Frenchay Campus which has been adapted for disabled students. All rooms within the student village are wheelchair accessible. Rooms with a visual fire alarm and socket for vibrating pad alarm are also available if you have a hearing impairment.

If you are insulin dependent you can be provided with a separate fridge in your university accommodation to keep your medication.

Additional adaptations may be made on an individual basis subject to resources. Disabled students who make UWE Bristol their first choice when applying for courses are given priority when allocating rooms.

There are thirty-nine places available at Frenchay Student Village. You can be allocated a further bedroom space for a carer. However, you will be liable for the rent of the additional room. It is also possible to accommodate guide dogs. These arrangements must, where possible, be made at least three months before the beginning of term.

Disabled students allocated university accommodation in their first year may be able to stay in the same accommodation for the duration of their course. However, it is advisable to contact Accommodation Services to discuss this further.

To find out more information please visit the accommodation section of the UWE Bristol site.

Alternative formats

The University libraries provide an Alternative Formats service for students who have difficulty reading printed books or journals.

Printed texts from your core reading list can be converted into PDF, Word, DAISY book, large font reprint, and braille.

Assistive technology and equipment at UWE Bristol

The University also has some specialist equipment and software in the libraries and in some faculty labs. This includes screen readers, screen magnifiers, scanners and braille embossers. All students are welcome to use these resources depending on availability.

However, if it is likely that you will need long term or personal use of specialist software or equipment, we recommend that you apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs).

The following assistive programs are available on most student and staff computers at UWE Bristol.


  • TextHelp Read and Write text-to-speech software.
  • Inspiration mind mapping software.


  • ClaroRead text-to-speech software.
  • Claroview screen tinting software.
  • Claro Capture, assists with collecting information.
  • Screen Ruler, reduces tracking difficulties when reading.
  • Inspiration mind mapping software.

Further information and guides about Assistive Technology at UWE Bristol are available.

Support workers

The Disability Service can help link you to different types of support workers including note takers, library support, BSL interpreters and Practical Support. The Service also provides specialist Study Skills Support to students with Dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties.

UWE Bristol also has a Wellbeing Service which offers specialist mentor support. More information on how to arrange support can be found on our how to access support pages.

Study skills and library services

All UWE Bristol libraries offer a specific service to disabled users. More information about this is available in the leaflet 'UWE Library Services for Disabled Users' available in the libraries or via the Disability Service (1D15). The library service has staff who can tell you how the service can be adapted to meet specific needs. This includes help to reserve and collect books, use specialist equipment (such as scanners and CCTV), photocopy, and convert material to alternative formats. The library also runs a remote access system. To find out more about this service please contact us.

The University also gives help or advice about developing effective study skills, more information can be found from the Study Support section. Included in this section are specific study skills tuition sessions and essay writing workshops, which are available to all students. If you experience difficulties with organisation, time management and structuring of work you may find this extra support particularly useful.

Course requirements

You can find details of your course, including content, assessment arrangements, modules and placements, using the our course finding utility.

If you wish to discuss any disability issues, please contact the Disability Service to arrange an appointment with a Disability Adviser.


Some courses at the University involve compulsory placements. If yours does, this may mean you need specific arrangements or support whilst on a placement. You should first contact the Disability Service or Placements team to discuss your needs.

Disabled car parking

Most of the car parks at UWE Bristol contain widened disabled bays. Car park seven on Frenchay Campus offers designated parking for disabled users on a swipe card access system. This car park is located centrally and allows easy access to the main university buildings.

If you require disabled parking you will need to contact Disability Service when you enrol. They can arrange for your university enrolment card to allow you swipe access.

If you decide to live in the Frenchay Student Village you are not normally allowed to bring a car on campus. Certain circumstances will be considered as exceptions but you should talk about this with Disability Service first.

Further information about disabled parking can be found on the transport section of the UWE Bristol site.

Exams and controlled assessments

Read the reasonable adjustments document for UWE Bristol’s full policy and procedure.

Some standard adjustments to exams include:

  • Extra time.
  • Rest breaks.
  • Use of a computer.
  • A separate or smaller room.
  • A reader and/or scribe.
  • Exam papers or answer booklets in a different format.
  • Ergonomic furniture.

Exceptional adjustments to other assessments might include:

  • Alternative assessment.
  • Presenting to a smaller audience.

Standard adjustments will be arranged where we have received your study needs assessment and you will be informed to check this in your MyUWE record. For exceptional adjustments these will be arranged on an individual basis through a meeting/telephone conversation with a disability adviser. If you think you are entitled to some adjustments to your exams or concerned about meeting the requirements of an assessment and would like to find out more, please contact us.

Coursework and reasonable adjustment

Reasonable adjustment to coursework deadline due to exceptional circumstances.

This is guidance for students who may be eligible for an exceptional adjustment to a coursework assessment deadline under one of the following scenarios:

1. For disabled students who are already accessing support and adjustments or who have good cause for not accessing support and adjustments:

  • Where you are affected disproportionately, because of your disability, by other illnesses or events,


  • Where your disability is fluctuating or episodic.


  • Where your disability, mental health condition, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia has been diagnosed within the last six months.

2. For other students:

  • Where you are a primary carer of a disabled person.
  • Where you have a temporary disability or shorter but very severe illness with appropriate medical evidence, eg a broken arm which would affect your ability to finish your assignment, and you need more than five working days beyond the original deadline to complete the work. (For five working days or less you should apply for a five working day extension instead).
  • Where you are pregnant or a parent with a baby under six months old.

If you do not meet the above criteria but you experience something significant that affects your ability to sit an exam or submit a piece of coursework, you may be eligible to apply for extenuating circumstances or a five working day extension.

Process for applying

Please complete the Reasonable Adjustment to Deadline request form. If you have any difficulties or would like to discuss your request please make an appointment with a Disability Adviser in person at an Information Point or telephone +44(0)117 32 85678.

Please note:

  • You should notify the Disability Service as soon as you realise you might have difficulty meeting a deadline (at least 24 hours’ notice) as we will need time to consider your request and consult with relevant academic staff.
  • Longer changes to deadlines (over two weeks) are extremely rare and may be more appropriately dealt with via the University’s extenuating circumstances policy or via an appointment with a Student Support Adviser.
  • Adjustments to deadlines cannot normally be considered retrospectively unless there is a compelling reason why you could not apply in advance of the coursework assessment deadline.
  • Where you have been granted an adjustment to a deadline, further adjustments to the deadline for the same piece of work will not normally be considered unless there has been an additional impact on your ability to meet the revised deadline already agreed.
  • Repeated requests for this type of reasonable adjustment throughout your study would involve the Disability Service having a detailed review of your existing support.
  • If you are a Post Graduate Researcher (PhD, DPhil, MPhil) and you are looking for a reasonable adjustment to a deadline for one of your taught Modules, please go ahead and submit the form.  If you are looking to discuss a reasonable adjustment to a progress review or final assessment, please contact the Graduate School in the first instance.

Funding, including Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)

If you are a UK student, you will probably be able to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances in order to fund your disability-related study support. Students on certain programmes or who are studying part-time may not be eligible, along with European Union and other international students.

Please note however, that Disabled Students' Allowances only help with costs and support directly related to study. Any support you may need that is not study related (ie support you would need whether studying or not) will need to be provided from other sources. Our Disabled Student Funding page can give you more advice and information on disability benefits and allowances.

Medical services

All full time students are advised to register with a local medical practice while attending UWE Bristol. You may find it convenient to register with the University Health Centre on Frenchay campus.

Full details of all GP practices in the area can be found on the NHS website.

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