Disability Services at Leeds

Disability Services provides support to both current and prospective disabled students at the University of Leeds. 


Disabled students make up almost 20% of the student body at Leeds. We know that the word “disability” can mean different things to different people, and you may not have thought of yourself as being disabled before. 

We use the term ‘disability’ as it’s used in Equality Law. This legislation states that the definition of disability is any condition which has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities” 

For a student, 'normal day to day activities' might include taking notes, writing, researching, reading large amounts of text and moving between multiple locations. “Long term” means likely to last more than 12 months.

This includes people who: 

  • are D/deaf or hearing impaired
  • are blind or visually impaired
  • have a physical disability, and/or mobility difficulties
  • have a specific learning difficulty (for example, dyslexia or dyspraxia)
  • have a neurodevelopmental condition (for example, AD(H)D)
  • have a neurological condition (for example, MS, epilepsy, Tourette Syndrome, stammer)
  • are autistic
  • have a mental health condition
  • have a long-term medical condition (e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, diabetes, cancer, HIV)
  • have a combination of these

This is not exhaustive list. Please contact us if you have any questions about the support we offer.


Quick links 

Find out more about our Service and how to access support in our student handbook:


Register with us

To access support:

  1. Complete a short sign-up form
  2. Provide suitable evidence of your disability

Contact us 

Contact our friendly team on disability@leeds.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)113 3433927 for any queries. We do our best to respond within 24 hours, although this may be longer peak times.

Follow our Service on social media to keep up to date with disability news and events on Facebook, X and Instagram


Drop in to see us

  • Online Appointments: Monday and Wednesday 10am-12:30pm. Thursday & Friday 1:30-4pm. (No online appointments on Tuesdays). Online appointments must be booked in advance by calling our office on 0113 343 3927 or emailing disability@leeds.ac.uk
  • In person drop-ins (no appointment needed): Monday-Wednesday 1:30pm-4pm. Thursday & Friday 10am-12:30pm (Ground floor, Chemistry West Building)

How to find us:

Watch this video to find us from LUU.

  1. With your back to the Students’ Union building, walk towards the Great Hall and the Clothworkers Arch
  2. Pass through the arch and continue through the courtyard 
  3. Continue straight with the School of Media and Communication on your left
  4. Disability Services is in the Chemistry West building at the end of the path

What 3 Words: press.water.bugs


Exam arrangements 

If you would like to request adjustments for your university exams, please visit our exam adjustments information page.