Our Disability & SpLD Support Team, part of Library & Student Services, is experienced in giving advice on the support available to students with dyslexia.
Students with dyslexia may experience difficulties in one or more of the following areas:
- organising and expressing ideas in writing
- spelling, grammar and punctuation
- time management, and
Other issues that may be related to dyslexia can hinder a student's ability to benefit from further and higher education.
The first step is to formally notify us that you have a dyslexia. In most cases, this is done on the application for admission; however you may declare dyslexia once you have enrolled and at anytime during your course.
If you have already started your course, you should contact Library & Student Services via the Gateway desk located in the University Library on your campus to arrange an appointment with a member of the Disability Team.
If you have been assessed at school or your previous college you may have been asked several questions about your reading and writing abilities. This process is similar at higher education level.
A diagnostic specialist is usually the person who tests for dyslexia. Student Finance England will normally only accept reports prepared by diagnostic specialists so it is best to ask about the qualifications of the person who tests you.
A dyslexia assessment will last just over an hour. You will be asked questions about your previous learning and your study skills. There will be a series of written exercises that are designed to identify where support is needed.
The diagnostic specialist will then write a report that will include a statement about whether dyslexia is part of your profile. The report will also contain conclusions and recommendations that will help you and Student Finance England to identify areas that may need special attention and support.
'...Dyslexia is a combination of abilities and difficulties that affect the learning process in one or more of reading, spelling and writing.' The British Dyslexia Association
Dyslexia can occur at any level of intellectual ability and its effects can be alleviated by skilled specialist teaching and committed learning.
Dyslexic people have strengths in visual and spatial abilities, original thought and creativity, enabling them to be successful in a wide range of careers.
We encourage and actively support students with dyslexia. Through our experience and advice, we are able to guide students towards accessing support in these areas.
We have a team of experienced and trained dyslexia support tutors and facilitators, who work with students on a one-to-one basis on areas of need such as essays, dissertations and study skills.
You are encouraged to make your tutors aware of your particular needs. If you feel uncomfortable with this, or wish the information to remain confidential, please discuss this with the Dyslexia Adviser.
For those on courses with written examinations, it is important that you contact the Dyslexia Adviser to discuss what concessions may be possible.
International and European students will need to approach their national funding body, to see if they can support your dyslexia needs.
The first thing to do if you think you are dyslexic is to see the Dyslexia Advisers within Library & Student Services. You can arrange to see a Dyslexia Adviser via the Gateway desk located in the University Library on your campus. We will discuss your strengths and weaknesses in confidence, and find out what choices are available to you.
As with all students with specific needs, we treat each person individually.
You may wish to download and fill out the BDA Dyslexia Screener.
Disability & SpLD Team Contacts
Tel: 01227 817355
Tel: 01372 202431
Tel: 01252 892738
Tel: 01634 888714