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Disability, SpLD & Long-Term Health Conditions

There is a diverse range of students at the University of Southampton and we look to support each and every one of you to develop your employability through bespoke careers resources, information and advice.

If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty (SpLD) or long-term health condition (including mental health), the support available includes:

Please see the tabs below or email for further information.

Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise offer a workshop for students with a disability, specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, or long-term health condition. This workshop explores disclosure and support in the graduate recruitment process and in the workplace.

It covers:

  • an overview of the Equality Act 2010
  • your rights as an applicant or employee
  • whether and when to disclose your disability and how to present it positively
  • You will also have the opportunity to discuss concerns and ask questions

The workshop can be attended in person or online.  Please check the MyCareer Events Calendar for upcoming workshop dates.  If you need any further support, please contact to book an appointment with an adviser. Please also contact us if you would like to see a video recording of the workshop.

Additional information is also available in our Disability and Employability Toolkit and through the MyPlus: Applying to roles with a Disability pathway.

Students who have declared a health condition, specific learning difficulty or a disability to the University have access to additional support services as detailed below:

 University services:

  • Careers Employability and Student Enterprise - offer a range of personal support, workshops and work experience to help with your career development, including 'Disability, Adjustments and Employability' workshops
  • Student Disability and Wellbeing Teams - offer a range of services to students with disabilities, including appointments and personal support
  • Assistive Technology Centre - provides assistive technology for anyone who may need assistance to gain more equal access to the academic curriculum 
  • Neurodiversity and Disability Society (SUSU Society) - A society aimed at students who identify as neurodivergent or disabled, those who are self-diagnosed or unsure, and anyone else who would like to learn more about neurodiversity and disability topics
  • Careers mailing list: we operate a mailing list for those interested in receiving details of events and opportunities for students with a disability, SpLD or long-term health condition. To join this mailing list please email with the following information.
    • Your full name
    • Your student ID number
    • Your University email address
    • Your expected year of graduation

External services:

  • EmployAbility offers individual support (conducted through telephone calls and virtual meetings), including confidential advice regarding adjustments for the employment recruitment process. Where practical and possible, they can also contact employers that UoS students and recent graduates are applying to and can advocate on their behalf for adjustment requests relating to the recruitment process. To find out more and to register please see their website.
  • UoS Disclaimer: Please be aware that EmployAbility is a third party organisation and the University of Southampton cannot accept any liability for any disservice or breach from said third party. We  recommend you thoroughly read through EmployAbility’s Registration terms and conditions and review their data protection policy to be aware of how your data is stored and/or shared.
  • Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) provide specialist support for people with a disability entering the workforce and can provide detailed information on Access to Work benefits. DEAs can be contacted through JobCentre Plus
  • The details of additional organisations and resources are available in our Disability and Employability Toolkit

The information below relates to our Careers Fairs taking place on campus. If you would like to discuss accessibility requirements for our online events, please email and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

As we know our Careers Fairs are often busy we have implemented a wristband system which students with a disability, SpLD or long-term health condition may benefit from.

Students at the Careers Fair
Students at the Careers Fair

You can collect a wristband prior to the Fair which can be shown on the day to enable you to join the front of the queue, so that you can make the most of the Fair before it gets busy.

  • You can come at any point during the opening times of the Fair and you will not need to queue
  • If you wish, you will also be able to make use of a separate room throughout the day to read through the Fair brochure and research information about the companies attending

You can also opt to collect a wristband for a friend so you can visit the Fair together if you wish. Printed copies of the fair brochures will be available to collect a few days prior to the event.

The government defines disability in the following terms:

"You're disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities."

  • ‘Substantial’ is more than minor or trivial - e.g. it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed.
  • ‘Long-term’ means 12 months or more - e.g. a breathing condition that develops as a result of a lung infection
  • There are special rules about recurring or fluctuating conditions, for example, arthritis and some mental health conditions.

Please see the website and UoS Career Hub for more information relating to the Equality Act.

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