This article includes information about the screening service the University provides for those students who suspect they may have a specific learning difficulty.
Stage 1: Screening
The Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) offer a screening service to all students who question whether any difficulties they may be experiencing with their studies might be due to a Specific Learning Difficulty e.g. dyslexia.
The screening is a short computer-based assessment and this is followed by an interview with a Disability Officer. After the interview, you can make a decision on whether you wish to seek a more formal assessment. The decision is yours as to how you proceed; you may accept an appointment with a visiting independent Chartered Educational Psychologist; you may seek out a professional of your own choice or you may not wish to take the matter further.
Stage 2: Formal Diagnostic Assessment
The University does have an independent Chartered Educational Psychologist who visits four times per academic year. You may prefer not to wait for the Psychologist to come to the University, or wish to seek out your own preferred professional to undertake the assessment, the choice is yours and we can support you through all processes.
Financing Diagnostic Assessments
It has been agreed that provided you meet the criteria for the University Hardship Fund, that is you are registered on a course and a home (UK) student, that the cost of the assessment will be met in full. This means that you can proceed with the assessment and that your application will not be means-tested and will be fast tracked through the process.
Contact details of organisations that can carry out assessments for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) including dyslexia