Disabled Students Hub

From chilled out, accessible coffee meetups to our regular campaigns, there’s a thriving community here on campus made by and for disabled students. Yet we also know that disabled students can face their own additional challenges to the normal stresses of Uni life. Here at NUSU, we’re more than happy to help with any problem you may have.

At the Union

NUSU wants every part of the student community to be represented and have their voice heard. That’s why we hold yearly elections to find a dedicated team of student officers, including a representative for the disabled student body. If you encounter an issue related to your disability, need advice or just want to talk to a friendly face, you can contact NUSU’s  Disability Officer any time.

Want a safe space to meet fellow students with disabilities? Or maybe you’d like to get stuck in with disability activism? For regular meetups, socials and discussions, join the Disability and Neurodiversity Society (or DaNSoc, for short).

Zero-Tolerance Policy

NUSU has zero-tolerance policy with regard to harassment, discrimination and hate crime, and this absolutely includes ableism. If you’ve experienced harassment because you are disabled or neurodiverse, or witnessed an ableist incident on campus, we want to know. Head to our Report and Support page for information on how to report and get support.

Financial Support

While studying, your student status might affect your right to disability benefits. If you’re interested in claiming and confused about what you’re entitled to, Disability Rights UK offer up-to-date factsheets and a free disabled students helpline.

Want face-to-face financial advice? You can also book an appointment with one of our friendly advisors at the Student Advice Centre, right here in the Students’ Union.

If you would benefit from help with extra costs for things like travel, specialist equipment such as computers or assistive software, or an extra tutor, you may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance. If you’re interested, you can contact the Student Wellbeing Service, where an advisor from the Disability Support team can help lay out your options and guide you through the process of applying. There is also additional funding you can look into.

For more information on how to apply for DSA and the types of help you might get, head over to the Student Wellbeing Service’s site.

Academic Support

Need extra assistance in lectures or exams? There’s plenty of help available! Contact  the Disability Support Team at the Student Wellbeing Service to discuss the ways they can help -- from rest breaks in exams to sign language interpretation.

If you can’t always attend lectures, or need to make notes in your own time, you’ll likely have heard of ReCap, which lets you easily access screen and audio recordings of lectures through your University Blackboard account. Sadly though, not all lectures are currently obliged to be recapped, so it’s worth contacting your lecturer before you start a module to make sure you get the help you need!

Are your dusty old academic texts inaccessible? The university’s Academic Skills Kit (ASK) offers students with print disabilities use of SensusAccess, which can convert PDFs, JPEGs and PowerPoint files into text for screen readers, audio files, and digital braille.

Learn more about ASK and support for disabled students here. 

Support & Resources

Please follow the University Estates Support Service Twitter account to keep informed of any access issues such as lift breakdowns or road disruption