Useful Information

This page will contain useful and helpful information on Student Enabling Centre Procedures and external information.

Disabled Students' Allowance                                      Student finance England

Disabled Students' Allowance Introduction                  Student finance Wales

Disabled Students' Allowance roadmap                       Student finance N.I

Disabled students' Allowance Application form           


A review of the provision and support for disabled students in higher education (HE) was last carried out for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in 2008/09. Since then, the HE system in England has undergone significant change. Institutions providing HE have legal responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 to support disabled students, including those with a diagnosed specific learning difficulty when they are both applying to HE and studying.

SpLD is a commonly used and widely accepted term that refers to conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. The number of students presenting with Specific Learning Difficulties/Differences (SpLD) has increased by over one third since 2008/09, impacting quite significantly on institutional services and support structures. Across 138 higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) in 2012/13, over 74,000 students declared an SpLD, representing 6% of the population of students, compared to 55,895 in 2008/091 . However, the proportion of SpLD students within institutions varied, with the mean institution proportion at 7.5% in 2012-13.

HEFCE research paper

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