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


Contact details

British Psychological Society (BPS)


The BPS provides a search engine to identify chartered psychologists operating in your local area, using a postcode search. To complete a search, enter your postcode and set the following parameters:

·         Who is this for? Select ‘Adult’

·         What are the issues? (Education) Select ‘Learning Difficulties’

·         Leave all other boxes blank

Access this on the directory of Local Psychologists website

Tel: +44(0)116 254 9568


British Dyslexia Association


Tel: +44(0)845 251 9002


Local Branches:

Dyslexia Action


Tel: +44(0)1784 222300

Local Branches:

The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre


Tel: +44(0)1252 792 400


Address: Arkell Lane, Frensham, Farnham, Surrey, GU103BL

PATOSS - The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with SpLDs

PATOSS also provides a search engine to identify certificated assessors operating in your local area, using a postcode search. To complete a search, you will need to register on their website (this is free).

Tel: +44(0)1386 712 650


Directory of Local Assessors website


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