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Student Disability & WellbeingPart of Student Services

Need practical support?

Sometimes, mental health and wellbeing can affect your ability to study as effectively. This page gives information and links to services within the University that can provide practical support whilst you are a student here.

Student Support Recommendations (including additional exam recommendations)

If you have medical evidence for a mental health condition, you can have a Student Support appointment with the Student Disability and Inclusion Team so that we can make recommendations to your faculty for how they can support you at University. This can include Additional Exam Recommendations such as extra time. Additional Exam Recommendations are available for a range of disabilities and specific learning differences. Contact the Student Disability and Inclusion Team to find out more.

Study Skills advice

If you find that your wellbeing is affecting your ability to study, please visit the Academic Skills Hub in Hartley Library. The Student Disability and Inclusion team also run Study Skills sessions designed for students with specific learning differences. These sessions can take place either in the Assistive Technology Suite (Room 2047) in the Hartley Library or online via Microsoft Teams. 


Mindful Fridays are an opportunity to practice mindfulness meditation in a small group setting every Friday during term time. This is an open group and all students are welcome to come along, whether you practise mindfulness regularly or wish to try it out for the first time.  We also offer our popular 8 Weeks of Mindfulness course, which involves attendance at a group for 2 hours per week and daily home practice.  In this course you will learn a range of formal and informal practices.   Keep an eye on our Events page for more information about both of these offerings.

Special Considerations and Extensions

If you feel that your mental health or wellbeing is affecting your academic performance, you can apply for Special Considerations or a Deadline Extension. Click on the pdf file at the bottom of this page to find out more.

Disabled Students' Allowance (including mentoring)

The Disabled Students' Allowance is a non-repayable government grant which helps students with mental health conditions, disabilities, and specific learning differences with the extra costs incurred whilst studying. Click here to find out more. If you receive the Disabled Students' Allowance, mentoring may be available to support you with managing your studies alongside a health condition or mental health problem.

Suspending your studies

If you are considering taking time out from your studies because of a mental health and wellbeing issue, come and talk to someone and visit the Student's Union Advice Centre.

Exercise referral scheme

The Exercise Referral Scheme is a programme designed to show participants how they can use general activity and exercise to help improve both their physical and mental wellbeing, both under the guidance of an instructor and self supported. Activities can include fitness classes, swimming, gym sessions, racquet sports and home workout plans so there really is something for everyone to help you introduce activity into your life! For more information, visit this page.


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