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Access Solent is a targeted advice and support service, working to support disabled students so they can achieve their academic potential. We aim to remove barriers to learning and enable students to enjoy the full use of all facilities here at Southampton Solent University.

To get the most out of your time at 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), and
  • autistic spectrum declarations (for example, Aspergers).

Learning support

Students with disabilities can access a range of support services:

  • 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

The University have made significant investments in accommodation facilities, which now offer 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 funding

Students with a disability may be eligible for additional funding. This funding is to help with any additional costs that may occur as a result of disability. To find out more, visit our bursary page or the GOV.UK Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) website.

Applications

Where it may impact on your student experience, you are encouraged to disclose any specific learning difficulty, chronic or long term medical or mental health condition, physical or sensory impairment, or if you are on the autistic spectrum. This aids our planning, should the offer of a place be made.

There are several forms you may need to complete in order to obtain the full support required:

Personal needs form for living in student residences

Solent summary of support needs

Access Solent registration form

Disabled access around the city

Southampton City Council offers a number of services to disabled people. Southampton Shopmobility is a service that provides wheelchairs and scooters to people with walking difficulties, enabling them to access the city centre independently. Manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs and electric scooters are available to hire Monday - Saturday between the hours of 9.15am and 4.45pm.

Other services available include shopping companions and extended hire of manual chairs (up to 14 days).

WestQuay also offer a shopmobility service, limited to the WestQuay centre only, open seven days a week. More details can be found on their website.

Contact Us

If you have any enquiries related to access needs, please contact the access team on 023 8201 3201 or at access@solent.ac.uk. You can also visit the team in the Student Hub (RM050), Monday to Friday.

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