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New Peer Support Scheme for students who learn differently

The Specific Learning Difficulty and Differences (SLDD) Mentoring is a brand new peer mentoring scheme that provides support to students who learn differently. This support can supplement the more formal learning support provided by the Student Disability Service.

SLDDs include a large range of conditions which can make studying difficult for some students. These include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, as well as AD(H)D and Autism Spectrum Conditions.

Please note that students with these conditions may be entitled to financial and other support via the Student Disability Service. This includes support to apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), one to one tuition and support from Mentors.

The scheme

The new scheme provides students with SLDDs with friendly support from fellow students - to help with:

  • Developing study strategies and techniques and help you find your academic feet
  • Settling in and orientation in the University and the city
  • Finding useful resources and services to support your studies
  • Strategies for overcoming any worries or issues you are having so you can get the most out of your time here

As the scheme grows, we hope to offer not only one-to-one support, but also the opportunity to meet in small groups and as part of larger gatherings to study and socialise. If you are a student with a SLDD, you may also benefit from advice and support from the Student Disability Service.

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