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Disability Support

We want the transition process into Higher Education to be as smooth as possible and to ensure your individual support plan is in place for the start of your first academic year, please contact the Student Inclusion Team  to discuss your support as soon as you have your place on a course confirmed. For applicants who have been offered a conditional place on a course, this will be after you have recieved your results in August. 

For general advice about support available or Disabled Students’ Allowances application process, please contact the Student Inclusion Team or visit our Disability Support page 

Accomodation 

If you are planning on moving into university accomodation, and have specific requirements, please remember to indicate this when you apply for your accomodation. 

Transition to University for students on the Autistic Spectrum

We offer an annual two-day Transition to University event in mid-August for students with an autism spectrum diagnosis. This event will give you an opportunity to experience an overnight stay on campus, so that you feel more prepared to move away from home. If you would like more information on this event please contact the student-inclusion team

How to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)

To find out if you are eligible for DSA please visit the government website or contact the Student Inclusion Team for advice. 

You will need to Complete a DSA Application  and return it to your funding authority (for example, Student Finance England (SFE) or National Health Service (NHS) Student Bursaries with a copy of the evidence of your disability.

Your DSAs application can be completed as part of your main funding application, or separately and at a different time. The sooner you apply the greater the chance of having everything in place when you start your course.

Evidence might be doctor’s letters, specialist reports or assessments which describe your disability or health condition. It must be on headed paper and signed by the person who wrote the report.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) Application

You can find out more about how to apply for DSA on the government webpages. For students applying for DSA via Student Awards Agency Scotland, please book an appointment with a Student Inclusion Advisor.

Your student finance funding body may contact you regarding any additional information they need to process your application. If you need any advice about this please contact the student inclusion team

Once you have submitted your application and your evidence has been accepted, you will receive a letter from your student finance funding body asking you to make an appointment for a Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) Needs Assessment.  For more information about this and what happens once you the DSA needs assessment has been completed, visit Staffordshire Regional Access Centre.

Useful Websites - Disability

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Student Awards Agency Scotland

NHS students (PDF, file size: 141KB)

Your DSA

DSA-QAG

The Student Room

Care Leavers and Estranged student support

Here at Staffordshire University we're committed to supporting students who come from a care background as well as those with little or no family support. We’ve signed up to the Stand Alone Pledge to publicly declare our support for estranged students. We'll provide you with support and guidance throughout your studies and after you graduate.

For more information visit the section about Care Leavers and Estranged Student support

LGBTQ+ and Gender non-conforming students

We want all students to be able to be their authentic self, whilst studying at Staffordshire University. We recognise that for some students their time at university may also be a time in which they are exploring their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

We have at Staffordshire University a Transgender Equality, Gender Identity, and Gender Re-assignment Policy which has been in place since in August 2018. It provides a framework and set out processes to ensure that Transgender people are treated with dignity and respect at the University. This is currently being reviewed to reflect the experiences of our LGBTQ+ community at Staffordshire University

The Student Inclusion Team is involved in activities throughout the year to celebrate LGBTQ+ lives and achievements and promote LGBTQ+ inclusion.

For more information please contact the Student Inclusion Team

Mature Students

We recognise that over half of our student community are classed as mature students – more information can be found on here or contact the Student Inclusion Team 

Student Parents

At Staffordshire University, we realise that many of our students are parents. For useful information please visit out Student Parent section

For more information, please contact the Student Inclusion Team