Mental health conditions
The University aims to provide individual support to students who experience short or long-term mental health conditions, and recognises that there are a range of access needs that may be appropriate, depending upon your circumstances and choice of course.
The University encourages all applicants and students to disclose any disability and support needs they might have. Without this information, we would be unable to offer you the appropriate information and support eg exam adjustments.
If you have not already disclosed via your application form, you can contact Disability Service.
In order to provide you with support and adjustments to your studies, you will need to submit appropriate evidence for your disability or medical condition.
For guidelines on appropriate disability evidence, please read the Student Finance Eligibility information.
Disabled Students Allowances (DSA) is available from your funding body. Depending on your eligibility, funding can cover such things as study skills tuition and specialist equipment.
DSA is non-means tested and is available alongside any other funding you may receive. For more information about DSAs, visit the Student Finance website.
DSA support and equipment is normally recommended in a Study Needs Assessment. Once your funding body confirm you are eligible for support, a trained assessor will carry out an assessment of needs. This assessment can be booked through Access West of England which is based on Frenchay Campus.
If you are not eligible for funding from your funding body or you are an international student, UWE Bristol may be able to help you with study support. For more information contact Disability Service.
The support and equipment you will receive at the University is normally decided through your DSA Study Needs Assessment. Depending on your support needs the following may be applicable to you:
- Recording devices for lectures and seminars
- Specialist mentoring support to help with organisation and structure of work, time management and planning
- Provision of assistive technology (equipment and software)
- Exam adjustments such as extra time, rest breaks, separate room etc
- Printing and photocopying allowances
- Individual faculties can provide subject specific support through their own Study Skills Centres and PAL sessions.
The Wellbeing Service offers specialist support to students experiencing significant or enduring mental health conditions, through a flexible programme of support.
This support may include:
- individual one-to-one sessions
- liaising with academic departments on your behalf
- liaising with the NHS and linking in with local services.
Along with mental health support and specialist mentoring, the Wellbeing Service also offers counselling appointments. All UWE Bristol students can access mental health and counselling support, as this is not dependent upon DSA eligibility.
External support services
The University environment can be busy and stressful and many students with enduring mental health conditions benefit from external support networks.
This may include continued psychiatric care from a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN), psychiatrist or other specialist health professionals.
Community mental health services
If you are already accessing community mental health services, you may find it helpful to discuss your decision to apply for a higher education course with your psychiatrist, psychologist or CPN if you have not already done so. Getting their professional opinion may help you to decide if this is right for you.
If you are using mental health services and will have to move some distance to study at UWE Bristol, you will need to register with a new GP when you come to Bristol and talk to your current GP and care team about arranging a transfer of care to Bristol mental health services, so this is in place for your arrival.
Due to the length of time it can take to arrange an appropriate care package, to avoid a gap in support we strongly recommend that you do this as soon as your place at UWE Bristol is confirmed. Otherwise you might need to consider whether you will be able manage effectively without this support in place.
If you are not currently receiving support from local mental health services and feel you would benefit from this input, please discuss this with your GP.
Please note: The Disabled Students’ Allowances do not fund support that is directly medical or personal-care related. This continues to be provided by health or social services departments.
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan
While on University premises, you must be able to leave buildings safely in the event of a fire or other emergency.
If you cannot evacuate yourself in an emergency situation and need help to make a safe exit, or if you want to know how your evacuation would work, please contact your Programme Leader. They can set up a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) with you that is tailored to your needs.