Long-term medical conditions

General and specialist support services and equipment are available to students with long-term medical conditions while studying at the University.

There's a great range of support available for you, and we can help to ensure you are able to access all the relevant and appropriate sources of assistance. 

What is a long-term medical condition?

Examples of long-term medical conditions that you may be affected by include:

  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • cystic fibrosis
  • cancer
  • HIV
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • irritable bowel syndrome.

How might your university life be affected?

How you are affected depends on the nature of your diagnosis but if you do have a long-term medical condition then this may be considered a disability under the Equality Act 2010. As such, you may be entitled to support or adjustments while studying at the University.

What condition-specific support is available?

In addition to general equipment and support services available to all University of Leeds students affected by a disability or impairment, you can also get condition-specific help if you apply for additional funding to include things like:

  • ergonomic aids, such as chairs or book stands
  • additional travel expenses.

How can you get all the help you need?

You can:

To access some of the services your illness or condition needs to have lasted, or be likely to last, for 12 months or more and have an impact on your studies. You'll need to provide medical evidence from your GP or other health professional about the nature of your impairment or disability.