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.

Enabling Services is able to 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)or emailing on enable@soton.ac.uk or ringing us on 02380 597726. Skype appointments are helpful if you are not based on or able to visit the Highfield Campus.

How we can help

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. 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 023 8059 7488 or email firstsupport@soton.ac.uk. If you require immediate or emergency support please click here. Between 6 pm and 8 am, Student Services, in conjunction with University Security, provide an Out of Hours service for very urgent situations. Please contact the University Security team on 023 8059 2811.

Wednesday Workshops

Enabling Services run a series of wellbeing and study workshops on Wednesday afternoons throughout the academic year. The workshops cover a range of topics including relaxation techniques, coping with stress, organising your studies and exam preparation.

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.

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.