Disability support - Access Solent

Supporting you at university

Disability supportWe aim to remove barriers to learning and enable students to enjoy the full use of all facilities at Southampton Solent University.

You are encouraged to declare any:

  • Specific learning difficulties (for example, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD)
  • Chronic or long term medical conditions (for example, chronic pain, epilepsy, ME, MS, HIV, cancer, diabetes)
  • Physical or sensory impairments (for example, brain injury, partially sighted, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy)
  • Mental health conditions (for example, anxiety, depression, eating disorders) 
  • Autistic spectrum declarations (for example, Aspergers).

Access Solent| is a targeted advice and support service, working to support disabled students so they can achieve their academic potential. 

Email access@solent.ac.uk| or telephone 023 8031 9201 to discuss your support needs with our Access Solent enquiry desk.  

Learning support

Learning support includes:

  • Individual academic-related support, eg exam arrangements, dyslexia tutor, mentor, note-taker
  • Individual assistance in the library
  • Confidential advice and guidance with study problems
  • Liaison with other departments and external organisations
  • Assistive technology available on the student network and in IT resource centres and assistive technology centres
  • Guidance in the use of assistive software and short-term loan of equipment
  • Screening and support to obtain confirmed diagnoses (if not previously diagnosed).

Accessible venues and accommodation

Maps available on the 'Find us|' page.

Significant investments in accommodation facilities include: vibrating pillows for deaf students, hoists and purpose-built rooms with ground floor access. We also have larger rooms for students who may just need extra space for essential equipment and can provide fridges in bedrooms for medical purposes.

  • Further necessary adaptations can be made following an occupational therapist's assessment
  • Students can agree individual Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS) with the University's Health, Safety and Environment Manager.

Additional information

Students may be eligible for funding. Information is available at:

www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/index.htm| for general student funding.

https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas| for information about Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). This is a grant which can provide funding where additional disability related costs may need to be incurred in order to more fully access your course.

Please note: Prospective students will need to organise their personal care support through their social services.

If you have any further enquiries, please email access@solent.ac.uk| or telephone our enquiry desk
on 023 8031 9201.


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