Unseen disabilities

‘Unseen' or ‘hidden' disabilities encompass a wide range of disabilities. Examples include, but are not limited to, asthma, coeliac disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions and Crohn's disease/Ulcerative Colitis. If you have an ‘unseen' disability that might impact on your ability to study, then contact the Disability Service. One of our advisors will be happy to discuss your support needs.

Examples of Support available:

  • Easy access to toilet facilities
  • Exam and coursework adjustments
  • Parking permit
  • Assistive software and training
  • Specialised equipment
  • Individual study skills sessions
  • Arranging Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) (UK students only)

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
  • Lecture notes in advance
  • Recording of lectures
  • Food/drink in lectures/exams
  • Take medication into lectures/exams
  • Flexible attendance/medical

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


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 technology 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