How to access disability support for your studies

We firstly require evidence of your disability in order to put appropriate support in place for you.

We'll contact you for this evidence if you've declared a disability on your application form and accepted a place at the University of Liverpool over the summer period.

If you have not provided evidence before you start studying, we can accept it at any time during your studies.

When we receive your evidence, we will reply to you by email initially to explain next steps e.g. meeting with a Disability Adviser.

Evidence we need

It is your responsibility to obtain suitable evidence and the University is not able to cover any associated costs. If acquiring evidence is going to leave you in financial hardship, you may be eligible to apply to the University hardship fund.

Evidence should be in the format of either:

It must be written in English and signed and dated by a medical professional.

The documentation also needs to have been recently provided; i.e. within the last 12 months for fluctuating disabilities, and within the last three years for a permanent disability unless the situation changes.

The following video shows what medical documentation you need to provide.

Registered students: Please upload your evidence document(s) to the Student Services HUB, via “Your Documents”. 


Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD)

Please note that we are unable to accept ‘Form 8’ JCQ forms, results of a dyslexia screening test or letters detailing exam arrangements from schools/exam boards as evidence, as these are not full diagnostic assessments for higher education purposes.

We require an educational psychologist’s or specialist teacher’s report, which adheres to the guidance outlined in suitable tests for the assessment of specific learning difficulties in higher education


If you do not have a diagnostic assessment

We would advise you to contact an appropriately qualified assessor and arrange a date for an assessment. The University does not undertake these assessments, nor can we make recommendations, but we are able to provide you with information about organisations/individuals who meet the University of Liverpool’s supporting evidence requirements. List of local assessors:

Sally Ann Morrison

Adult Dyslexia Consulting Ltd

Tel: 07931 618858


SpLD diagnostic assessments offered

Web: http://www.adultdyslexiaco
Giselle Hope


Tel: 07876 026438

SpLD diagnostic assessments offered 


ADHD Foundation

(Neurodiversity charity)


Tel:For service enquiries please call 0151 541 9020

ADHD screening, following the screen, the Foundation can refer you to the NHS pathway or to a private Consultant for a diagnosis. 

Dr Yates


Tel: 07762 933275

SpLD diagnostic assessments offered

Web: https://www.ypspsychology. com/
Kath Williams


Tel: 07961453992

SpLD diagnostic assessments offered

Web: https://kathwilliamsdyslexia.
EGS - Siobhain Murray

Tel: 01422 372222

SpLD diagnostic assessments offered

ADHD traits assessments can also be included at an additional charge (if appropriate), please note this is not a diagnosis of ADHD.

Please put ‘Liverpool University Student’ as the subject of the email


Istraker Consultants

Liverpool based 


Tel: 0151 2445419 

ADHD Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment offered


Jan Crittenden


Tel: 07515667214

SpLD diagnostic assessments offered


Denis Nugent



Tel: 07842023894 or 01704469760

SpLD diagnostic assessments offered 


If you are enquiring about an assessment with alternative providers to those detailed above, please ensure
• They are a chartered psychologist or have a SpLD practicing certificate
• They are aware of the Specific Learning Difficulties Assessment Standards Committee’s (SASC) Guidelines.
To search for a specialist teacher in your local area please go to the patoss website to register for free.

Following your assessment, upload a copy of your report to the Student Services HUB via “Your Documents”.

What happens next?

On receipt of your assessment we will draft a Student Support Information Sheet (SSIS) which lists your recommended adjustments, including exam adjustments and with your consent this will be shared with members of staff to implement this support.

Help to pay for a SpLD assessment

Registered students can access the University’s diagnostic assessment fund.   All eligible students can reclaim up to a maximum of £300 per student towards these costs.

Important dates:

Fund opens on: 26th September 2022

Fund closes on: 14th July 2023

Eligibility criteria 2022/23:

  • Registered University of Liverpool student
  • Full or part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students, where the course is a minimum of one academic year’s length.
  • Go Higher Students
  • Assessment must be undertaken at least 6 weeks prior to the end of studies and no earlier than 3 months prior to starting at the University.
  • One assessment claim per student
  • Students who are studying online with partners are not eligible to apply

Diagnostic assessment claim form 2022-23 

Registered students: Please upload your evidence document(s) to the Student Services HUB, via “Your Documents”. 




Speak to a Disability Advice and Guidance advisor

If you are unable to find the answer to your query on our web pages, please email Alternatively, if you are a registered student book a quick enquiry call back in the Student Services hub.