We want to provide you with the support that you require. To do this, we need you to provide suitable supporting documentation of your disability, health condition or specific learning difference.
All documentation must be presented in English. If documents are not in English, please obtain a certified translation.
We need a diagnostic assessment report which meets the following criteria.
Completed and signed by one of the following:
Chartered Educational Psychologist, or
- Specialist Teacher certified by the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Differences (PATOSS) or Dyslexia Action: Requirements for Specialist Teacher Reports
- Use adult tests such as the WAIS IV
- In some instances, a report using a child-normed test between the ages of 14-16 years may be accepted. If you are unsure, email the report to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will review it for you.
- Include attainment tests such as:
- Adult Reading Test (ART),
- Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE), or
- Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT).
- There may be exceptional circumstances where other tests are deemed to be acceptable. We will work to the guidance produced by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC).
We need a letter or diagnostic report confirming your diagnosis and completed by a medical professional, e.g. consultant psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.
We need a letter or documentation from a relevant medical professional, e.g. your GP, consultant, psychiatrist or another specialist.
The letter/documentation must outline:
- Details of your disability or medical condition and symptoms (e.g. does it cause fatigue, loss of concentration, anxiety?)
- That your disability or medical condition is ongoing or long-term and will impact your studies for at least 12 months.
- When the diagnosis was made.
- How your daily life is affected by your disability or medical condition.
When requesting documentation from your medical professional you may wish to give them the option to complete the Medical Evidence Form below rather than composing a letter.
We need a letter or documentation from a medical professional (eg your GP, audiologist, cochlear implant centre etc)
The documentation should include:
- Level of deafness/hearing loss
- If the deafness/hearing loss is ongoing and long-term
- As far as possible, how your daily life is affected (ideally with reference to participation in university studies)
A Disability Advisor may make a discretionary and pragmatic decision for short-term support. In some situations, students may still be required to provide appropriate documentation prior to support being offered. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis.
Any documentation provided should:
- be in the form of a letter from a GP or medical professional
- state the nature of the injury
- state the likely duration of the injury
- state the implications for study and day-to-day activities