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Medical & Diagnostic Evidence

If you are a disabled or dyslexic student, you will need evidence to access disability related adjustments and funding. Find out more about the type of evidence required and contact the Disability Service for help. The Disability Service can provide you with a ‘Medical Evidence Request Form’ to give to your GP. Please get in touch if you would like a copy.

Physical, sensory or long term health conditions

A written statement or letter from a doctor, or appropriate qualified medical professional, which confirms that the impairment, or condition, has a substantial and long term adverse effect on the individual’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

The letter should be signed and on headed paper. It should include details of:

  • the diagnosis and date of commencement,
  • expected duration of the condition or impairment, or confirmation that it is ongoing,
  • the impact on normal day-to-day activities,
  • potential difficulties when using public transport, where relevant,
  • details of side effects of prescribed medication, where relevant.

Mental health conditions

A written statement or letter from a doctor, or appropriate qualified medical professional, which confirms that the condition has a substantial and long term adverse effect on the individual’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

The letter should be signed and on headed paper. It should include details of:

  • the diagnosis and date of commencement,
  • expected duration of the mental health condition, or confirmation that it is ongoing,
  • the impact on normal day-to-day activities,
  • potential difficulties when using public transport, where relevant,
  • details of side effects of prescribed medication, where relevant.

Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) such as dyslexia

A diagnostic report from an assessment conducted after the person’s 16th birthday.

The report must be written by either:

  • a registered psychologist; or
  • a suitably qualified specialist teacher, holding a SpLD Assessment Practicing Certificate.

The University offers further guidance and a diagnostic service for students who have, or think they have, a Specific Learning Difficulty.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

A written statement or letter from a doctor, or appropriate qualified medical professional, which confirms a substantial and long term adverse effect on the individual’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Alternatively, a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) issued by a Local Authority can be given.

Those having difficulty obtaining the appropriate evidence should contact the Disability Service at disability@arts.ac.uk for advice.