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Enabling ServicesPart of Student Services

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.

We offer a range of appointment options: Face to face, telephone, and Skype. These can be arranged by either attending our Drop In, 1 pm – 3 pm, (every day in term time), by emailing on or ringing us on +44(0)23 8059 7726. Skype appointments are helpful if you are not based at or able to visit the Highfield Campus.

Meet us at a Drop-In

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

Crisis Support

The First Support team can be contacted during office hours to arrange support for students who may be facing difficulties in their life or dealing with a crisis. To contact the team call +44(0)23 8059 7488 or email If you require immediate or emergency support please click here. Between 6pm and 8am contact the Out of Hours service for very urgent situations on +44(0)23 8059 2811.

Wednesday Workshops & Mindfulness Sessions

We run a series of Wellbeing and Study Workshops on Wednesday afternoons throughout the academic year that cover a range of topics including relaxation techniques, coping with stress, organising your studies and exam preparation.    We also run Mindful Monday sessions and a 4 Weeks of Mindfulness course to provide an opportunity to explore further the practice of mindfulness. 

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). Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 7233  Email:

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.

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.

Below is a short video on how to access support whilst at the University through the Enabling Services drop-in.

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