Disability and inclusive support

Student support

Do you have a disability, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty or are you deaf? We are passionate about making sure education is accessible for everyone. Find out about the disability support that is available to you.

What disability and inclusive support is available?

  • Inclusive Support Advisors
  • Adapted accommodation
  • Disabled Students' Allowance
  • BSL interpreters
  • Student Wellbeing Ambassadors
  • Specialist equipment
  • Academic adjustments
  • Exam adjustments

Already studying with us and need inclusive support?

Our Student Hub has more information about the support you can get based on your personal needs and circumstances.

We strive to remove any barriers for anyone with disabilities as far as possible, to ensure that we provide an inclusive environment. More information can be found in our student disability policy. You can also view our student support privacy notice.

A brief guide to disability and inclusive support is below:

Inclusive Support Team

Disability support available to you

Once you have shared information about any disability, an Inclusive Support Advisor/Officer will provide confidential support. They will work with you and your course team to put in place support and adjustments, as well as helping with Disabled Students' Allowance.

You'll be able to fully access everything you need to thrive in your studies and university life.

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a grant that helps to pay for extra equipment and support. This includes one-to-one support tutors, specialist equipment, software and the cost of extra travel. It is not means tested and does not affect benefit entitlement.

It is also important to note that applying for DSA does not in any way affect your chances of gaining a place at university.

Find out more about DSA
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Reasonable adjustments

We provide an inclusive learning environment. If you have a specific need or disability, we will make sure you have access to the same opportunities as everyone else.

We reduce the need for individualised adjustments by making arrangements to benefit all students and apprentices. We can also make adjustments and change the way we do things on an individual level where necessary. Each case is different, but see below for some examples.

British Sign Language (BSL) / English interpreters

We have a staff team of BSL / English interpreters, established since 1993. The team is made up of qualified and highly experienced interpreters, who interpret across a wide variety of subjects. Some of these include Law, Psychology, Fashion, Film and TV Production, Sports Performance, Deaf Studies, and Theatre Studies.

Student Wellbeing Ambassadors

We have dedicated Student Wellbeing Ambassadors who are currently studying at UCLan. They receive specialist training to provide one-to-one support across campus.

They can assist with specific practical support, including getting around campus and using assistive technology. They are also available to help with note-taking and support in practical sessions.

Information for needs assessors and providers

UCLan is a registered Non-Medical Help provider for the role of British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter and Sighted Guide. For more information, view our webpage or email our Inclusive Support Team.

STAR programme

Are you an offer holder with a disability, a care leaver, or estranged? Join us on the STAR programme for a taster of university life. With opportunities to stay in our residential halls, and workshops to explore our facilities.

Discover our STAR events

Frequently asked questions about disability support