Dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLD)

Our support offered to students is tailored to their individual needs. If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, AD(H)D or Dyscalculia, you should contact the Disability Service or Student Advisor before coming to Heriot-Watt University so that we have the relevant information to put any support in place.

If you have never been formally assessed but think, or have been told, that you may have dyslexia, please contact the Disability Service as we can arrange an initial screening for you.

Examples of support available

Examination and coursework adjustment details

Your coursework and exam adjustments will be discussed in full at your appointment with an Advisor. Any adjustment recommended is based on the needs of the individual. Examples follow, but the list is not exhaustive:

  • Extra time in exams and timed class tests
  • A quiet shared room or individual room for exams
  • Permission to leave class when required
  • Permission to record lectures
  • Lecture notes and slides provided in advance of the lecture

Where your needs are complex, we will agree a Learning Profile with you that will be available to teaching staff. 

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

Available to UK-domiciled students only.

This is additional funding which may be available to meet any additional study-related costs that a student may incur because of their disability. If you require any funded support, we will arrange another appointment to have your needs assessed for funding through DSA. Further information on DSA can be found on our website.

Assistive technology

Assistive technology is any device or software that can help you overcome barriers caused by your disability or learning difficulty.

There is additional information regarding assistive software on our website, including links to videos, guides and downloadable demos, as well as self-training material that you may wish to look at.

Key information

Disability Service

+44 (0) 131 451 3386