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Enabling ServicesPart 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 Enabling Services 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 difficulties. Contact us to find out more.

Study Skills advice

If you find that your wellbeing is affecting your ability to study, visit the Academic Skills Hub in Hartley Library. Enabling Services also run Study Skills sessions for practical study advice and support. These sessions take place in the Assistive Technology Suite (Room 2047) in the Hartley Library. Study Skills Support is also available at Winchester School of Art, during term time on Tuesdays from 1pm – 2pm in Room A2025.


Mindful Fridays are an opportunity to practice mindfulness meditation in a small group setting. 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.  Look at our Events page for more information.

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 Student's Allowance is a non-repayable government grant which helps students with mental health conditions, disabilities, and specific learning difficulties 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.


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