Staffordshire Regional Access Centre - Why choose us

A centrally based, highly experienced Needs Assessment Centre open to all UK Higher Education students. As an organisation we have been supporting and assessing students for over 20 years.

Our team of eight experienced and qualified assessors provide over 500 Needs Assessments each year, across all areas of disability. We are accredited by Disabled Students’ Allowances Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) and are a member of the National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC).  For more information about DSA-QAG and the NNAC either click on the logos or see our 'Your resources' webpage.

Our combination of experienced staff and state of the art, modern facilities mean that we can provide an individual assessment for a wide range of disability including:

  • Asperger’s syndrome and other autistic spectrum conditions

  • Visual impairment

  • Hearing impairment

  • Specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia

  • Long standing illnesses or health conditions such as epilepsy, cancer, HIV, diabetes, heart disease

  • Physical impairments or mobility issues and multiple disabilities

Regardless of where you live, or where you intend to study, you can make an appointment with us once you have received your approval letter from your Funding Body.

We carry out a survey every year with users of the Assessment Centre and for 2013/14 we are pleased that users have reported that they are highly satisfied with the service we provided - in particular with their experience during their Needs Assessment

We have a number of locations where we can provide assessments. In Stoke we are based close to Stoke-on-Trent train station, by the main University library. At Stafford we are based at Blackheath Lane at the Staffordshire University Centre of Excellence.  We also have an Assessment Centre based within Staffordshire University teaching facilities at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. We may also be able to assess you at other locations – please contact us for details. 

If you have any questions about the Needs Assessment process or about the Assessment Centre please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.