Providing your evidence
In order to complete your registration with Disability Services, or put in place exam arrangements or support, you will need to provide sufficient evidence.
Evidence of a physical or sensory disability, or a mental health condition
You will need to provide a letter from your doctor, consultant or other medical practitioners.
- be on official headed paper
- be as up to date as possible -this is not vital if it is a long-term or life-long condition
- give a clear clinical diagnosis of a disability that is likely to affect your ability to do every day, or academic, tasks
- clearly state that your disability is long-term (e.g. has lasted for, or is likely to last for at least 12 months)
- indicate the impact your disability has on your daily life and/or studies
- be written in English
Evidence of dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties
The level of support you can receive at University will depend on the type of evidence you have provided. You may need to seek further evidence in order to get the support or exam arrangements you need. Please see below for further information:
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We may recommend permanent exam arrangements for the duration of your studies, starting from the first exam series after you have submitted the evidence, as long as the evidence is received by Disability Services by the published deadline. Please note, deadlines are usually set at least 10 weeks before the exam period.
The Disability Team will contact you by email to confirm your exam arrangements.
Form 8 or other evidence of past exam arrangements will only make you eligible for exam arrangements. You must provide further diagnostic evidence to be eligible for other forms of support.
This assessment should have been carried out by carried out by an educational psychologist or specialist teacher who held an active Assessment Practicing Certificate (APC) at the time of the assessment
We may recommend exam arrangements and a range of University reasonable adjustments for learning and teaching including (where applicable):
You will also be eligible to apply for funding to cover specialist 1-1 study skills support and assistive technology. This is funding is known as Disabled Students Allowances (DSA) (some courses, including Degree Apprentice and Research Council funded Post Graduate Research study, are not eligible for DSA. Other sources of disability support funding apply for these courses).
The Disability Team will create a summary of support recommendations to send to you and your school. They will also contact you by email to confirm your exam arrangements.
Please see here for information about how to arrange a diagnostic assessment. Please note that the University of Leeds is not able to provide or fund a diagnostic assessment.
An active DSA application for the current academic year means that you are eligible to receive reasonable adjustments from the University as well as any assistive technology, 1-1 support and other support recommended in your report. If you are not sure how to access the support that youve been recommended, please speak to Disability Services.
This does not count as evidence of a diagnosis. If your screening test has indicated a likelihood of dyslexia/ SpLD then you will need to follow this up with a full diagnostic assessment. Please see here for further information about arranging an assessment.
Please contact Disability Services for information about how to arrange a post 16 diagnostic assessment.
Please note that the following types of documentation are not usually sufficient to access on-going support or permanent exam arrangements at university:
- Results of an SpLD/ dyslexia screening test e.g. QuickScan
- Medical letters which do not meet the criteria set out above, or where there is no clinical diagnosis
Form 8 or other documents confirming exam arrangements at school, college or previous university are sufficient for permanent exam arrangements at university, but no other forms of support or reasonable adjustments.
If you are unsure about your
Evidence and Sign Up
Please be aware that we cannot complete your registration, or put in place exam arrangements or support, without sufficient evidence. Please email your evidence to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.