If you have been assessed as having a disability or think that you may
have a disability you may be eligible for special arrangements during
exams and other assessed work.
If you have already been diagnosed, take a copy of your Full
Psychologist’s Assessment to the
Disability Advisory Service, based in the Carrington Building.
Your assessment will be sent to the University Study Advisors and they
will make recommendations. If your assessment is over three years old
they may ask to assess you again. If you think you may have Dyslexia
or Dyspraxia and have not been assessed or diagnosed you should speak
to your Personal Tutor or your School Disability Representative (ask
your Personal Tutor who this person is). Alternatively you can make an
appointment with a
If you need special arrangements for other disabilities, speak to your
PersonalTutor or School Disability Officer. Your School will contact
the Examinations Office and liaise with them.
The Examinations Office should contact you approximately a month
before your exams to discuss the practical arrangements for your
exams. If you have Dyslexia or similar problems, allowance is made for
your spelling, punctuation and grammar. Your disability is taken into
account when your work is marked. You will not be given preferential
treatment but you will not be penalised for the effects of your
If you have other medical problems that might make it difficult for
you to sit exams in the main exam room speak to your Personal Tutor or
contact the Examinations Office.
If you suffer from depression or panic attacks they may be able to
help. If you would like to discuss your situation with someone outside
the University, speak to one of the Academic Advisers at the Student
Union Advice Service. The service is confidential.
Extra arrangements range from having extra time for completing your
exam on a computer or having someone to write down your answers.
If you have an accident or a health problem that occurred at the last
minute or has gotten worse before or during your exams period, contact
your Personal Tutor or the Exams Office as soon as possible. You may
need to fill in an Extenuating Circumstances form. Information about
procedures and deadlines can be found on the University website's
examination guidance for students
policies and procedures
Students generally spend a lot of time in the library before and during the exam period. If you would like to know more about services for disabled users contact the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 378 8770 and check out the University Library website.
In case your disability is diagnosed afer starting your University
course, it is possible to ask for it to be taken into account for work
that you have already had marked.
As soon as you are diagnosed you will be asked to meet with your
School Disability Officer so that you can discuss future arrangements
for your exams. At this stage you can also ask about the possibility
of retrospective allowance. Please note that to have retrospective
allowance your disability has to be newly diagnosed— it needs to be
the case that the University could not previously have known about
Services which operate within the Advice Service have separate sessions:
see their individual pages for further info on how and when to access
Following the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), RUSU
staff have been asked to work for remotely for the foreseeable future.
This includes the staff within the Advice Service.
As a result, the Advice Service is unable to offer face-to-face
appointment or a drop-in service at the current time, but we are still
able to offer advice to students.
If you would like some support from the Advice Service then please
complete our Talk to us form. Alternatively, you can email the service on
Please be assured that an Adviser will get in touch with you as soon as
possible, and that we can still offer appointments via other methods (for
example, via telephone, Skype or Microsoft Teams).