Disability and SpLD

Disability and SpLD

Disability Support at Cumbria

At the University of Cumbria, no two people are the same. We all have diverse experiences and unique ways of learning.

We are committed to supporting the needs of all our students, and to creating an inclusive campus where our whole community are empowered to fulfil their potential in a safe and compassionate manner. 

When you apply to the University, you will be asked to declare disabilities, SpLD and/or Autism. Following this , our team will be touch with further guidance and information.

Disabled students can apply for additional funding via the Disabled Student Allowance.

What Support Do We Offer?

We can help you apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) - a financial support fund to cover study-related costs like specialist equipment and tutorials.

Provide you with screening for specific learning difficulties (SpLD) once you are enrolled.

Develop an action plan to ensure academic staff are aware of your individual needs and work with you to access the relevant support either through our university or external specialist services.

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Declaration Of A Disability

You will have an opportunity to declare your disability on your university application. Our team will then send you an email with details on how to request any reasonable adjustments you require during the application process; for example, to attend an open day/interview or to book an appointment to discuss your individual needs in more detail.

Once you have accepted your offer and registered at the University of Cumbria, you will be asked to complete an online disability questionnaire. This will consider your needs in details. Based on your answers, the team will create a Disability Action Plan detailing your needs and required and recommended adjustments which will be shared with your course tutor.

Assistance for applicants

Assistance for current students

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We're committed to supporting students to participate in their programme of study. That includes in the classroom and in the field. 

While studying at the University of Cumbria, you will have access to specialist equipment, hardware, and software. We provide a variety of assistive software, alongside a list of over 100 free accessibility apps for everyone to use. 

Whilst studying at the University of Cumbria you will have access to a range of specialist equipment, hardware and software dependent on your specific needs. On each campus, you will find accessibility work stations with specialist hardware such as larger screens, keyboards, and adjustable height desks. All computers have access to a range of assistive software and a selection of over 100 free accessibility apps for everyone to use.

For more details regarding accessibility and disability support at the University of Cumbria, please read our Disability Baseline Statement.


Have a question about Disability Support?

Our team is on hand to answer all your questions. Whether you're just enquiring or want to book an appointment, email our team today.