Enabling Services

University of Southampton students

Supporting students with disabilities, mental health problems or specific learning difficulties

Enabling Services provides wide variety of support for students who have disabilities, mental health problems or specific learning difficulties. Our expert team can provide advice and support relating to your studies, both while you are preparing for University and throughout your time here.

How we can help

Prospective & new students

Students who may need support while at the University of Southampton can find out more about how to register with us, so they can benefit from our services.

Assessment Centre

The Wessex Needs Assessment Centre (WNAC) provides specialist assessments for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties (dyslexia), many of whom are eligible for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA).

Mental health and wellbeing

Our advisors are trained to recognise common mental health problems and identify the best form of support for students, such as self-help resources or counselling.

Crisis support

The First Support team are available during office hours and provide support for students who may be facing difficulties in their life or dealing with a crisis; to contact the team call 023 8059 7488 or email firstsupport@soton.ac.uk. If you need urgent support between 6 pm and 8 am, Student Services, in conjunction with University Security, provide an Out of Hours service. Please contact 023 8059 2811.

Dyslexia and study support

We provide services such as study skills tuition for students with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Full diagnostic assessments can be arranged.

Disability support

We provide services for students with a wide range of disabilities and health conditions.

Wednesday Workshops

We run a variety of workshops and groups that are open to all students. For details of our upcoming events click here.

Meet us at a drop-in

Our drop-in sessions are an opportunity to meet with an Enabling Services advisor to find out more about the support available. Come along to the Student Services Centre (Building 37 - Highfield Campus) and check in at the Enabling Services front desk near the back of the atrium for drop-in between 1pm and 3pm Monday to Friday during term-time, and 1pm and 3pm Monday, Wednesday or Friday during vacations.

Crisis support

If you are a University of Southampton student in need of support, or you have an urgent concern about a University of Southampton student, contact First Support in office hours on 023 8059 7488. If you need urgent support outside of these hours, the University Security Service are available 24 hours 7 days a week and can be contacted on 023 8059 2811. If the situation requires the Emergency Services, please contact them first for immediate support.