You are here: Home / Support / Student Support & Wellbeing / Inclusive Support / Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

As a higher education student, you may be eligible for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) which is a type of funding which provides extra support which may be required due to your disability.

DSA may contribute to:
- Specialist equipment and software
- Non-medical helpers
- Extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability

For further details of eligibility, please take a look at the following link: www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/eligibility
Please note, if you are a non-UK student you may not be eligible for DSAs. Please contact the Inclusive Support team at inclusivesupport@uclan.ac.uk as we may be able to assist with this.

If you need any assistance in applying for DSA, you should contact your Inclusive Support Advisor, visit the <i> front desk on the ground floor of the library or attend one of our daily drop-ins which take place at the following times:

Term Time

Mondays 1pm - 2.30pm
Tuesdays 5.30pm - 7pm
Wednesdays 1pm - 2.30pm
Thursdays 5.30pm - 7pm
Fridays 1pm - 2.30pm
Sundays 3pm - 4.30pm

Non-Term time

Mondays 1pm - 2.30pm
Wednesdays 1pm - 2.30pm
Fridays 1pm - 2.30pm


Please note, as of September 2016 Student Finance England have removed Disabled Student’s Allowance funding for roles previously referred to as ‘Bands 1 and 2’ support, e.g. note-taking and library support.

This change affects students claiming Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) for the first time either because they are starting a new course or because they have developed a disability, specific learning difficulty, or mental health issue. However, Inclusive Support at UCLan does have a dedicated Wellbeing Ambassador Service that may be able to provide ‘Bands 1 & 2’ support for some students


Important Steps on Disclosure

So that UCLan can fully support you during your studies, it is important that you follow the following steps to disclose any disability, long-term health condition or specific learning disability. Once you have followed the below steps, we will be able to begin to implement support and reasonable adjustments on your behalf.


Step 1:

Please download and fill in the disclosure questionnaire. Alternatively, you can collect a copy of the disclosure questionnaire at The <i> on the ground floor of the library. We also require sufficient evidence of what condition it is you are disclosing to us. For details on what is considered a sufficient evidence please view this guidelines document or take a look at the below table:

 Disability 

Evidence Required

 SpLD  Full Educational Psychologist report
Assessor has to be suitably qualified eg. PATOSS registered
 Autism including Asperger’s Syndrome  Medical letter from GP or medical professional
 Health Conditions  Medical letter from GP or medical professional
 Mental Health  Medical letter from GP or medical professional
 Physical Mobility problems  Medical letter from GP or medical professional
 Hearing Impairment  Medical letter from GP or medical professional
 Visual Impairment  Medical letter from GP or medical professional

 

Step 2:

Once you have completed the questionnaire please save it and send it as an attachment in an email to inclusivesupport@uclan.ac.uk along with a copy of your sufficient evidence. If you’d prefer, you can hand in your evidence and questionnaire at The <i> front desk.

Why should I disclose?

UCLan is committed in removing any barriers for those with disabilities as far as possible. If you were to fully disclose a disability to the Inclusive Support Service, they would put in adjustments on your behalf to support you through your studies. Furthermore, you would be assigned with an Inclusive Support Advisor whom you could meet with if you needed to discuss or review your support.