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On this page you will find a step by step guide on how to access long-term support with Enabling Services before you start your studies.

This can be through attending one of our Transition Day Events held before you begin University. If you cannot attend a Transition Day Event, please do not worry - take a look at our 'If you cannot attend a Transition Day' tab below for further guidance.

We recommend you begin this process as early as possible and we are here to help you with every step.

What is a Transition Day?


Transition Days are for students who are starting at the University of Southampton in the 2019-20 academic year who have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health problem or specific learning difficulty. Students are welcome to bring family, friends or carers with them to the day.

We advise you to attend a Transition Day in the summer of the year you are coming to study. Transition Days are a great opportunity for students who are coming to the University of Southampton to meet us and to help ensure that support arrangements are in place as early as possible. You will also have the chance to meet other new students and feel better prepared for university life.

Building 37 Student Services Centre
Student Services Centre where the Transition Days Events are held

Step 1: Organise your evidence and send it to us

To access long-term support, you will need to provide appropriate evidence of your disability or specific learning difficulty to Enabling Services. We will accept a letter or report from a Doctor, consultant or educational psychologist, which provides some information on your condition and how it affects you. If you disclosed you have additional support needs on your application to the University, we will contact you to request a copy of this evidence.

Evidence of Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD)

If you have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, we require a copy of your post-16 diagnostic assessment report that has been completed since your 16th birthday. If your evidence pre-dates your 16th birthday you will need what is called a post-16 diagnostic assessment report. A post-16 diagnostic assessment report may give you access to:

If you believe you may have an SpLD, but you do not have access to evidence of a diagnosis, please refer to our How to access page for information on how you can be tested for a specific learning difficulty.

If you do not have a post-16 diagnostic assessment but would like to discuss the support you can access, please contact Enabling Services and you may be asked to submit current evidence of your SpLD.

Step 2: Book a place on a Transition Day

All students with a disclosed disability or specific learning difficulty are invited to attend a Transition Day with the exception of post-graduate students who will be invited to attend a Student Support Appointment. Transition Days are a great opportunity to meet other students and find out about the support available. 

Transition Days for 2019 -20 will be held on the following dates:

Saturday 17th August 2019

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Saturday 31st August 2019

Saturday 14th September 2019

We will also be offering Student Support Appointments over the Welcome Weekend as we understand that this is a busy weekend with moving in to your new accommodation and settling in to University life. Please note that these will be appointment-only days with no other activities and will take place on the following dates:

Friday 20th September 2019

Saturday 21st September 2019

If you declared a disability on your application to study with us, you will receive an email from us which contains instructions on how to register for a place, so please look out for this. 

If you did not declare a disability on your application please contact us and we will help you with what to do next.

Step 3: Check if you are eligible for externally funded support

Check if you are eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) and apply early

You may be eligible to apply to your funding body (e.g. Student Finance England) for the DSA. The DSA is a non-means tested grant given to students to provide equipment and technological support as well as specialist individual support such as mentoring. An application form and more information about the DSAs is available from the GOV.UK website. We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as the whole process takes a number of weeks to complete.

Book an appointment to have a Needs Assessment

If you are eligible for DSA, following your application, your funding body will get in touch to ask you to make an appointment for a Needs Assessment. We have our own Needs Assessment Centre called Wessex Needs Assessment Centre (WNAC) on Highfield campus. We also have a number of outreach centres which may be in a more convenient location for you to visit. Phone to book on +44(0)23 8059 7233. Information about other Needs Assessment Centres nationwide is available from the DSA QAQ website.

Transition Days include:

  • Booked appointments with specialist practitioners
  • A presentation about the transition to University from college or school
  • A demonstration of Assistive Technology in our Assistive Technology Suite
  • A guided campus tour
  • A chance to meet Enabling Services advisors and student ambassadors who will be available to answer any questions you may have
3 students walking through campus
Join us on our guided campus tour

Attending a Transition Day

For students coming to study in 2019-20 academic year the dates of Transition Days will be held on the following dates:

Saturday 17th August 2019

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Saturday 31st August 2019

Saturday 14th September 2019

Friday 20th September 2019

Saturday 21st September 2019

 

How do I book a place?

If you have disclosed a disability on your application to the University, you will receive an email from us during the summer which contains instructions on how to register for a place on a Transition Day date of your choice, subject to availability. This is with the exception of post-graduate students who will be invited to a Student Support Appointment. 

As part of this process, you will be asked to upload as an attachment any evidence you have of your disability, long-term health condition, mental health problem or specific learning difficulty. Please have this ready.

If you did not declare a disability on your application, please contact us for advice on what to do next.

What if I cannot attend a Transition Day?

We understand that it may not be possible for all students to attend a Transition Day and in some situations it may not be necessary, either because your support has already been organised and confirmed, or because an individual meeting with an Enabling Services practitioner has been arranged. If you are unable to attend, or have any questions, then please just contact us so that we can make alternative arrangements to ensure your support is in place as early as possible.

If you cannot attend, your support might be slightly delayed. This depends on where you are in the process of organising support. If you are in any doubt please contact us and we can assess your individual situation and advise on what’s best for you.

If it is not possible for you to attend before you start your course, we recommend that you still get in touch to meet with us if you feel that you will need support whilst at University. We will be able to advise on the best steps to ensure that things run as smoothly as possible for you during your studies.

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