St Mary's aims to provide an inclusive environment for all students, including students with additional support requirements.
We offer advice and support to our students who have requirements as a result of a disability, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury.
You can begin this process even before you enrol, by declaring on your UCAS application that you have a disability (if you feel you identify with one or more of the categories above). That way we will be informed that you may have additional requirements and will send you information via email on how you can register with our service and to see if you require any additional support for your course and/or selection interview, if applicable.
Our Wellbeing & Disability Advisors can talk to any student if you feel that you have concerns about your wellbeing that are affecting your time at university and you are welcome to make an appointment to discuss these.
If you have an ongoing medical condition, specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, mental health condition, or physical or sensory impairment, you can also register with the Wellbeing Service (Disability & Dyslexia) at any time during your studies at St Mary’s University. If you’re not sure if this applies to you, please contact us.
To register with the Wellbeing Service (Disability & Dyslexia), you will need to provide suitable medical/diagnostic evidence which states a diagnosis of your disability. Ideally it should state if it is long term (lasting longer than 12 months or is likely to) and how it affects your ability to complete day-to-day activities. If you do not have suitable evidence, you can ask your GP or registered health professional to complete one of the following forms.
For dyslexia and other specific Learning Differences (SpLD) we would need a report by an educational psychologist or specialist teacher qualified to carry out an assessment.
A Wellbeing & Disability Advisor will review your medical/diagnostic evidence and in consultation with you, will produce a personalised Learning Support Form (LSF). Your LSF will contain recommendations of reasonable adjustments to support you at University such as exam concessions.
Wellbeing & Disability Advisors will recommend reasonable adjustments to ensure that you are not disadvantaged as a result of your disability. The reasonable adjustments recommended are made on a case-by-case basis to meet the needs of the individual.
Here is a list of some of the reasonable adjustments we offer at St Mary’s University:
- Exam concessions (extra time, use of a computer, use of assistive software)
- Accessible and suitable room in University halls of accommodation
- Lecture slides made available online in advance of lectures
- Support with taking notes
- Library support (designated member of staff, book fetching, extended library loans)
- Individualised plans for students on placements
Disclosure & confidentiality
Information regarding your disability is treated with strict confidentiality. We normally only share information with other professionals on a need to know basis and with your consent. You will be asked to sign a Disclosure & Confidentiality Agreement (DCA) which allows you to declare who you wish to give us consent to share information with e.g. Academic staff, parent/guardian, Accommodation office, Library, medical professionals etc. You can update your DCA form at any stage of your time at St. Mary’s University.
St Mary’s University works in collaboration with AccessAble, a national access information provider, which has completed a series of access guides for St Mary’s buildings and selected routes on campus.
To explore the access guides, please visit the relevant pages on the AccessAble website.