Dyslexia is a neurological difference which mainly affects a person’s ability to develop the skills for accurate, fluent reading and spelling through difficulties with processing speed and working memory.
Many people who have dyslexia have strong visual, creative and problem-solving skills and while dyslexia is not linked to intelligence it can make learning challenging.
Each person with dyslexia will experience it in a way that is unique to them and as such will have their own set of abilities and challenges. According to the European Dyslexia Association, it is estimated that approximately 9-12% of the world population experience some degree of dyslexia.
How can the University support you?
Before you start your studies we can:
- provide advice on Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
- advise on the diagnostic evidence you will need to provide in order to access support.
Depending on an assessment of your specific needs, either by a DSA assessor or a disability advisor, support could include:
- 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 1-1 library inductions
- access to the Maths Learning Support Centre
- examination and assessment adjustments
- arranging for dyslexia awareness training to your department
- access to some assistive software on the University IT systems
- provision of mentoring or study support skills which might include:
- reading strategies
- analysing questions
- structuring written work
- note-taking strategies
- exam revision techniques
- memory techniques and exercises
- time management strategies
- proof-reading strategies
What to do next?
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I wait until I start university to get a dyslexia assessment?
We strongly encourage you to have the appropriate assessment done before your studies begin and upload the report into the Disability and Health Portal.
This will allow us more time to prepare the support you need and to make sure this is available to you at the very start of your studies.
Last Updated: 1st December 2023