Disability study support

If you have a disability and need support with your studies, there are many ways we can help.

Disability support

We are committed to supporting students and will work with you to identify and implement individual reasonable adjustments. We aim to reduce any disadvantage you may experience as a result of your disability and support you in your independence.

There are a variety of different forms of support available, which may include:

  • Programme-centred support
  • Exam support
  • Library support
  • Campus accessibility
  • Specialist equipment
  • Non-medical helper support
  • Specialist study support
  • Mental Health Advisory Service.

Who is eligible 

You may not have thought of yourself as being disabled before, but it is worth considering whether you might be entitled to support, as a disability within UK Equality Law is defined as anyone with a condition that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on normal day-to-day activity.   This covers a range of conditions including:

  • Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Long term medical conditions eg chronic fatigue syndrome, epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, HIV 
  • Mental health conditions
  • Autistic spectrum conditions
  • Sensory impairments
  • Physical/mobility difficulties.

How we can help

If you feel that your condition is having or likely to have an impact upon your studies, we can:

  • Provide a confidential and individual service
  • Develop a support sheet to detail support arrangements for your academic studies, including exam adjustments
  • Advise your academic School/Department/Institute about the support you may need
  • Assist and support you with a range of enquiries, including disability-related funding
  • Provide access to assistive software and equipment loans
  • Enable access to academic-related support workers e.g. lab assistant, exam scribe, specialist mentor, library assistant
  • Referrals to other specialist services eg Mental Health support, Counselling, Visual Impairment Mobility service
  • Provide guidance to staff members to support them to support you.

Support from your school or department

Learning and Teaching Support Officers in your own school or department can help if you are experiencing difficulties with any aspect of University life. They can help you access other support if required. Student Experience teams can provide you with information and tips on how you can make the most of your time at University, as well as answer questions relating to your course. More information and contact details can be found on your school web pages.

If you think you would like to speak to someone about disability support email disteam@liverpool.ac.uk.

Reasonable Adjustments and Support for Disabled Students

To find out more about the University's responsibilities and its approach to supporting disabled students, please see the Policy Regarding Reasonable Adjustments and Support for Disabled Students 2020Policy Regarding Reasonable Adjustments and Support for Disabled Students 2020.


Find out how to access disability support for your studies 

Speak to Advice and Guidance

If you are unable to find an answer to your query on our web pages you can email advice@liverpool.ac.uk or book an online confidential one-one appointment.