At Salford we want to help all our students as best we can. We recognise that students with a disability, long-term condition or learning difficulty might need additional support and/or adjustments in place during their time at university. That’s why we have procedures in place to help you during your time at university, read below to find out how you can get started.

Getting set up at University

To ensure you get the best support, it’s important you let the Disability Learner Support team know about your disability or learning difficulty as soon as possible. You may have already got some support in place before you began university but if you haven’t you can start the process at any point on your student journey.

If you’re currently applying to the University, you can let us know via your UCAS form or at registration. If you haven’t told us via these methods, or if you’re already a current student, you will first need to register with Disability & Learner Support and submit some medical evidence of your disability – this might be a letter of diagnosis, a letter from your GP or an assessment by an educational psychologist. If you are not sure whether the information you have is appropriate, you can contact the team for advice.

Email:disability@salford.ac.uk

Phone: 0161 295 0023 (Option 1, Option 2)

Once DLS have the information from you, you will be invited to meet with a Disability Adviser to complete a Reasonable Adjustment Plan – this lets your academic team know about the barriers you experience to study and the reasonable adjustments that have been identified to help you overcome the barriers.

The Disability Adviser will also support you to apply for additional support funding, such as the Disability Student Allowance.

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

What is Disabled Student Allowance?

The Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) helps disabled students meet the extra costs of studying that they may face. DSA may fund support such as assistive technology, equipment, study support and travel costs. The allowance doesn’t consider your income and savings, and you don’t pay it back.

Who is eligible to apply?

Most home-based students on full or part-time courses can apply. Students on an apprenticeship course, aren’t eligible for DSA but are entitled to other funding.

International students can’t claim DSA, but we may be able to help you make reasonable adjustments with your learning, such as extra time in exams or help in presentations. This is done via a Reasonable Adjustment Plan.

How do I apply for DSA?

A Disability Advisor can help you apply for the DSA or you can complete an application online via your student finance account.

Applications for DSA can take up to three months, so it’s recommended that you apply as soon as possible, ideally before you start your course.