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Students with either a mental health condition or autism can have regular sessions with a specialist mentor, funded through Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

Mentoring aims to provide support to you to self-manage your condition in order to feel confident in your studies, according to goals that you choose. Mentors can help you develop and maintain strategies for areas of your academic studies that mental health may be impacting on, such as organisation and prioritisation, time management, avoidance, communication, self-confidence, self-esteem, concentration, stress management and anger management.

Mentors will support you to set realistic expectations for yourself, to help you break down barriers to your success and therefore providing you with more confidence to achieve your academic and personal goals.

Mentors can also help with supporting you in relation to your diagnosis, signposting you to relevant additional support and working with you and staff in the university to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to your studies.

Mentors practise in an inclusive way. Our specialist autism mentors will be guided by your own goals, and will look to affirm you in your own identity and experience. In this sense mentoring is a partnership where you can rely on an expert’s knowledge to seek advice, self-understanding, and personal growth.

How do I organise mentoring?

If you already have DSA funding for a specialist mentor, please complete the request form here. If you would like help applying for DSA funding, please make an appointment with a disability advisor.