Attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects the way information and processes are managed in the brain.

ADHD is not linked to intelligence and is thought to affect between 3-5% of adults, according to ADDitude.

It is characterised by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity which may impact upon a student’s studies in relation to time management / organisation and concentration.

Students with ADHD may have strengths in creativity, spontaneity, problem solving and the ability to hyper focus. 

What support is available from the University?

Before you start your studies, we can:  

  • meet with you to discuss your individual circumstances. You are welcome to bring family or a friend to this meeting  
  • provide advice on the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)  
  • help to secure suitable University accommodation  
  • advise on the diagnostic evidence you will need to provide us with to access support  

Depending on an assessment of your needs, either by a DSA assessor or a University Disability Advisor, support could include:

  • examination and assessment adjustments
  • arranging a 1-1 library induction
  • provision of mentoring and/or study support skills
  • access to assistive software on the University IT system
  • access to the Student Wellbeing support services
  • providing advice on applying for and accessing your DSA
  • liaising with your department about reasonable adjustments to course delivery to meet your individual needs
  • arranging for extended library loans
  • arranging for autism awareness training to your department

What to do next?

If you are an Applicant:

Please complete the Disability and Health Portal and upload your diagnostic paperwork in line with the University evidence policy.

If you are a Current Student:

Please email your diagnostic paperwork in line with the University evidence policy to

An Advisor will review your submission and advise on the next steps to access support. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a new diagnosis of AD(H)D, how can I access support at University for my studies?

Please email your diagnostic paperwork to

You will then be offered an appointment to meet with an Advisor to discuss your diagnosis and support available to you.

Questions about medication must be directed to your GP.

How do I know if I have support already in place at University for my AD(H)D?

You can check all your approved support here via the disability tab in your self-service portal.

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Last Updated: 20th June 2022