Mature students

Student Disability Service

We aim to provide an inclusive environment for all students at the University.

Our Student Disability Service recommends a variety of teaching and assessment methods to course organisers and continues to improve access to buildings and new technology.

We are keen to ensure that any adjustments or support arrangements you need are put in place in time for your arrival.

We urge all prospective students with disabilities to make early contact with us, so we can discuss and meet your requirements.

Support and advice

Disability and SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulty, which includes dyslexia, autism etc) advisors offer support throughout your time at Edinburgh. They can:

  • provide detailed information about the facilities available at the University
  • help you apply for Disabled Students' Allowance to purchase IT equipment or pay for personal assistance (for example note takers, proofreaders, dyslexia tutors)
  • match you with student support assistants
  • make recommendations for specific examination arrangements

There is also a limited Disabled Students' Support Fund for those who do not qualify for Disabled Students' Allowance.


See the Student Disability Service website for more information on the help they can provide.

Student Disability Service

Disability support isn't as readily offered as at college. It will be your responsibility to enquire into the level and nature of assistance you are entitled to. I would recommend contacting the Disability Office as early as possible.

Sarah KilleySocial Work student