New Students

Students who are disabled, have a chronic health condition or a specific learning difficulty

The University’s Student Disability Service supports students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.

They are keen to make contact with prospective and new students as early as possible.

The Service employs advisory and technical staff who can provide a broad range of support. We also work with the rest of the University to improve access in the widest sense.


The earlier we know your requirements, the better we will be able to ensure that they are met.

If you are unsure whether or not to disclose your disability to the University, we are happy to respond to anonymous enquiries.

Challenging attitudes, mainstreaming equality

If you are disabled, have a medical condition, chronic illness, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, regardless of whether you indicated this on your application form, we encourage you to get in touch before you arrive.

What you should do

  • Make early contact with the Student Disability Service (you do not need to wait until you have final confirmation of a place)
  • Forward or bring evidence of disability, health condition or specific learning difficulty.

What advisors can do

  • Discuss academic adjustments, examination requirements and other types of support
  • Arrange a formal assessment of needs, making recommendations for relevant and appropriate support
  • Assist with an application for disability-related funding where appropriate
  • Give information about available technology and personal assistance
  • Offer advice on study skills support
  • Liaise over adaptations to teaching and residential accommodation

Any questions?

For further information or advice please contact the Student Disability Service.

Student Disability Service

  • The University of Edinburgh

Contact details



Third Floor
Library Building
55 George Square

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