Dyslexia support

Nottingham Trent University is committed to providing a fully inclusive learning environment for all students. The Dyslexia Support Team offers advice and support to students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) to enable you to develop relevant skills and strategies over the course of your time at University, and to support you in achieving your full learning potential while studying here. The team are well qualified and experienced professionals, specially trained in SpLDs. We understand the many positives of SpLDs, and the areas where assistance may be useful to allow you to make the most of your university studies.

We offer advice on:

  • specialist support needs
  • alternative arrangements (e.g. extra time in exams)
  • applying for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • how to obtain an appropriate Diagnostic Assessment

What do I need to tell Dyslexia Support before I begin my studies?

We want to make sure that all our students get the most from university life. By telling tell us about your SpLD as early as possible, we can identify any support that you might need, including any financial support you may be entitled to. Ideally, tell us about your SpLD on your UCAS application form or NTU application. You may be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSAs), which can help to pay for support you may need to successfully complete your studies. You're not obliged to tell us about your SpLD, but if you choose not to, you may not be able to access the full range of support available.

What formal evidence of my Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) will I need?

We will require formal evidence of your Specific Learning Difficulty in order to put exam adjustments or one to one support in place. We will require this evidence before the start of your course. Please forward your documentation to us even if you are awaiting exam results.

For dyslexia, this will be a photocopy of a formal psychological diagnostic assessment report; this will need to have been carried out at the age of 16 or older by a chartered educational psychologist or a specialist dyslexia practitioner. Dyspraxia and ADHD may be assessed by medical professionals, in which case we will need written confirmation from them of the diagnosis, and a clear indication of the impact on your studies.

What if I do not have a formal evidence of my Specific Learning Difficulty?

You will need to obtain a formal diagnosis, as stated above, before you enrol at NTU. This is to enable us to put your support in place before you start your course. If you require guidance regarding the assessment required by Student Finance for an application for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs), please look at the SASC website under 'Students applying for DSA'. If you are a current student, please attend an Advice session to discuss evidence requirements.

How do I forward my evidence to the NTU Dyslexia Support Team?

Please scan and email your documentation to dyslexia.support@ntu.ac.uk. Alternatively, please post your documentation to the following address: .

Dyslexia Support Team
Student Support Services
Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street

Please include your most recent mobile number and email address.

What will happen once I forward my evidence to the Dyslexia Support Team?

The SpLD Specialists will review your diagnostic assessment report. We will share a summary of appropriate recommendations with relevant areas of the University. This document is called an Access Statement. We will send a copy of your Access Statement to your NTU email. Please see the following Data Protection Notice:

The University is a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1998. By providing information to the University, including information of a sensitive nature with regard to any specific learning difficulties which you believe may affect your studies, you are consenting for such information to be used to enable the University to provide advice, guidance and services to you. The University will hold, use and process any personal data (including sensitive personal data) and information about you that you share with us. By accepting an offer, you are consenting to the University processing your personal data, including sensitive personal data, for the effective administration of your studies, including administration of examinations, sharing of access needs and reasonable adjustments.

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) to fund your support

DSAs are intended to cover any additional support you may need while you are studying, including one to one support. Find out information on how to apply for DSAs.

International students

If you are an international student with an SpLD, please provide us with a copy in English of a full, recent, professional assessment report, as soon as possible after accepting a place on your course. We can then consider any recommendations in the assessment report.

Are you an existing student experiencing difficulties on your course?

The academic challenge of University can sometimes highlight difficulties that you have not experienced before. You may have experienced difficulties with spelling, composing assignments, or reading academic texts. However, difficulties in these areas do not necessarily mean you are dyslexic. To support your learning there are a number of resources that we recommend. See self-help resources.

To find out more information about dyslexia, or other SpLDs such as dyspraxia or ADHD, please look at the following websites:

If you continue to experience difficulties, and want further advice, please attend an advice session with a Dyslexia Specialist. View the current advice session timetable.

Contact us
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4120

We welcome comments to improve our service. If you have feedback with any aspect of the service you receive from the Dyslexia Support Team, please let us know.


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