Disability & Dyslexia: Advice Before Applying

Illustration of birds flying, by Augusta Akerman, 2015
Illustration (Birds) by Augusta Akerman, 2015 (MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts 2014)

The Disability Service offers advice at any stage of the application process for those who are disabled, dyslexic, or have another Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). Early communication helps to ensure that the required support is in place, right from the start of the course.

Disabled applicants may also need support or adjustments for open days and interviews.

If you are from the UK or abroad you are encouraged to contact the Disability Service at disability@arts.ac.uk for advice before applying for a course. Advice is available for those who:

Information about the full range of support available to disabled students at UAL is included on the What to Expect page.

The Disability Service can give pre-entry information and advice on a range of issues, which are listed below. Contacting the Disability Service and sharing information about a condition, impairment, or Specific Learning Difficulty does not affect decisions about admission onto a course.

The University assesses applications to study solely on the basis of academic merit. Please contact the Disability Service at disability@arts.ac.uk or read the Disability Service Confidentiality Policy for more information.

Arranging support for open days and interviews

Disabled applicants may need support to attend open days or interviews. Disability advisers can help arrange adjustments and support.

Those attending admissions activities and events are strongly encouraged to inform the University about their access needs in advance, by contacting organisers of the event when asked to do so.

Alternatively, contact the Disability Service directly, by emailing disability@arts.ac.uk.

 

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The accessibility of University facilities

University of the Arts London works hard to ensure its courses offer the best possible opportunities for full participation by disabled students. However, some older buildings are not fully accessible.

Those requiring step-free access are strongly encouraged to discuss their needs with the Disability Service before applying, by emailing disability@arts.ac.uk.

For full access and route guides to all our sites visit DisabledGo.

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Disability related funding and how to apply

Disabled students may incur additional course related costs as a direct result of their impairment, condition or Specific Learning Difficulty

This could include costs for equipment, software, travel and support workers.

Disability advisers offer guidance on the type of funding available and how to apply for it.

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Applying for accessible University accommodation

University of the Arts London offers student accommodation at a number of locations across London. Due to overwhelming demand, students are not always offered their preferred housing options.

Therefore, it is very important to inform Accommodation Services about individual access requirements as early as possible.

For example, students may need:

  • To live in a particular location;
  • To access specific facilities such as an en-suite bathroom;
  • A parking space;
  • Step-free access;
  • A visual, or vibrating alarm.

Prospective disabled students should disclose their impairment on the application form for halls of residence. Accommodation Services will aim to offer the most accessible accommodation based on individual needs.

Accommodation Services require evidence of the applicant’s impairment or health condition. Alternatively, this can be given to the Disability Service. Applicants, who have already provided evidence to the Disability Service, should indicate this on their accommodation application.

Please contact Accommodation Services by emailing accommodation@arts.ac.uk, or the Disability Service by emailing disability@arts.ac.uk, for further information.

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Completing the University application form

Applicants are encouraged to indicate whether they are disabled or have a Specific Learning Difficulty on their University application form. They are also encouraged to inform the University about their access needs when attending open days, interviews, or other admissions activities.

Applicants who have disclosed that they are disabled on their application form will be contacted individually by the Disability Service after formally accepting a course offer. The University strongly recommends responding to this contact, because early communication ensures that support is in place from the start of the course.

Those who have already applied, and want to make the Disability Service aware of their needs, can complete the online Applicant Access and Support Questionnaire. The course Disability Adviser will then make contact.

Alternatively, contact the Disability Service for more information on +44 (0)20 7514 6156, or by email at disability@arts.ac.uk.

For information about Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), please visit the Dyslexia Screenings and Assessments page.

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