Students with disabilities

We welcome students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Our disability and inclusion team supports students with temporary or long-term health conditions, disabilities and additional needs. 

The use of technology can be a major factor in supporting students with disabilities, health conditions or specific learning differences. We have staff with knowledge of specialist technology, software and equipment and they can help, advise and support you with it. We can provide information and practical help to enable you to develop techniques and strategies that assist with studying and learning.

Advice and guidance

We can give you advice and information at any stage of your application or course including appointments or drop-in sessions once you are studying at the University and referrals to other staff or agencies if you need a different type of help or support.

Disabled students’ allowance

We can

  • explain the process and what you may be entitled to claim
  • help you fill out forms
  • arrange a specialist assessment of your needs

Assistive technology centre

We have a dedicated centre that helps students with assessment, training and support to use IT software and equipment. We can:

  • train you in the use of specialist types of software
  • assist you with any related IT difficulties
  • help with equipment loan, when necessary
  • enable you to make the most of your portable devices, such as a smart phone or iPad

On-course support 

We can liaise with academic staff about the help and support you need, assist in putting recommended support in place for you and provide ongoing help if this is needed.

Exam support

We can discuss any adjustments you may need such as extra time, readers, scribes and arrange to put these in place for you

Other support

We can also give you help and advice with other issues such as specific accommodation or parking requirements.

Specific learning difficulties

More than half of the students who use the Disability and Inclusion Team’s services have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. Our support and expertise is designed to ensure that you are provided with the help you need.

School disability contacts

In each academic area, there are staff nominated as school disability contacts. They liaise with both the Disability and Inclusion Team and other academic staff to ensure that any support recommended for you is put in place, works effectively and that any difficulties are resolved.


We are committed to making our campuses accessible for all. Find out about our campus accessibility for disabled people, carers and wheelchair users.

More information

Contact us on 0131 455 2929 or email