Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Counselling and Disability Service

Information for students

Students listening in lecture

Welcome to the Counselling and Disability Service

The Counselling and Disability Service (CDS) provides a range of support, advice and guidance for students. Our services are open to any student across the University and we work in a way which helps you build on your strengths and achieve your potential on your course. Below is some brief information about the different services we provide. Click on the links to find out more.


We run a number of groups and workshops for students, run by experienced, qualified and friendly staff. The range of workshops and groups we offer provide opportunities for personal development and some function as a brief intervention to help develop ways of managing the pressures of student life. These complement the skill-based workshops offered by, for example, academic departments or the library.

Taking part in workshops and groups can be a very powerful way of dealing with the variety of issues that affect students. As well as the benefit of having peers to share experiences with, and helping many students understand that they are not the only ones thinking and feeling in a particular way, students often find that they have something valuable to offer other students themselves.

We have arranged our workshops to be as easy-to-access as possible. The number of participants will vary between 5 and 25. Spaces are limited, so if you register and have your place confirmed, it is important that you endeavour to attend – this applies if the workshop runs for many sessions or just one.

Some of our workshops are open to all students, while some are "closed" and are only available as part of a package of support.

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Disability Support

The Disability Support Team is here to provide information, advice, guidance and support for students with disabilities. We support students living with any long term (i.e. over 12 months) condition which has a disabling impact on their studies. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Long term health conditions e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, arthritis, lupus, cancer survivors, hypermobility, chronic back pain
  • Specific learning differences e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia
  • Visual impairment
  • Deafness
  • Physical disabilities e.g. cerebral palsy, wheelchair users
  • Autistic spectrum conditions e.g. Asperger’s Syndrome

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Mental Health Support

The Mental Health Support Team is here to support students experiencing mental health difficulties, provide advice and information on mental health issues, and advise staff about appropriate practical or pastoral support.

If you are a student of the University who is facing barriers that affect your ability to study - due to emotional burden or mental health difficulties - then the Mental Health Support Team may be able to help.

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Dyslexia Support

We can support dyslexic students in a number of ways while at university: 

  • Lecture materials can be provided in advance by your department where possible via Learn
  • We can arrange a note-taker in lectures for you if this has been recommended as part of your DSA award;
  • In agreement with your department you can record lectures where appropriate;
  • Each department or School has a Disability Co-ordinator who can provide advice to dyslexic students;
  • We can provide extra time and other arrangements in exams;
  • We can provide extended library loans;
  • We can provide one-to-one support sessions with a specialist tutor as part of your DSA Award

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The University Counselling Service is available to all students and offers an opportunity to talk and reflect with a professionally trained person who is outside your immediate situation.

Loughborough University Counselling Service is here to help you gain understanding and new perspectives with any difficulties you may be experiencing. Counselling can’t take away life’s problems but can help you to find ways forward, decide on any changes you would like to make, gain new perceptions, discover your own solutions, come to terms with and manage challenging life events.

Counselling is not about giving advice, liaising with others or telling you what you should do. Here at the counselling service we are not able to make any changes for you but we will endeavour to empower you to make changes for yourself, allowing you to fulfil your academic and personal potential. Counselling does not provide advice in respect to academic work; housing or financial difficulties as there are specific departments to help you with these issues.

We are a well-established and experienced team of counsellors who can talk through with you any personal, social or emotional concern that may be affecting your wellbeing, work or studies. As a university Counselling Service we have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the different pressures and difficulties associated working, studying and living in a university environment.

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Assessment Centre

Loughborough Regional Assessment Centre was established in 2001 and is a DSA-QAG accredited DSA assessment centre. Our friendly, professional staff can provide assessments for students with a wide range of disabilities as part of the Disabled Students Allowance process.  The first step is to apply for Disabled Students Allowance. Once you have received approval for assessment please contact us to make arrangements for your assessment.

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Contact us

‌Disability Office

01509 222770

Counselling Service

01509 222148

Mental Health Team

01509 228338

Assessment Centre

02476 426146


A confidential support, advice and information service for any student experiencing harassment and /or bullying or discriminatory treatment.

T: 01509 222769

Email  Confide.Student@lboro.ac.uk



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Loughborough,  LE11 3TU