Disabled students

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

In addition to the provision of general advice and guidance about support for particular difficulties, 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 who can help, advise and support you with it. We can provide both information and practical help to enable you to develop techniques and strategies that assist with studying and learning.

General advice and guidance

We can 
  • give you advice and information at any stage of your application or course
  • offer you appointments or drop-in sessions once you are studying at the University
  • refer you 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

Technology support

We have dedicated staff to help students use IT software and equipment. We can

  • provide information on the various types of technology and software available
  • train you in the use of software and equipment
  • 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, use of PC with specialist software 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.

International students

How are 'disabilities and other additional needs' defined in the UK? 

Within the UK, there are laws to protect and support anyone defined as having a disability. For the purposes of the law, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a long-term of substantial adverse effect on the ability to carry out day-to-day activities. This can include:

  • Physical and sensory impairments (e.g problems affecting mobility, sight or hearing)
  • Long-term health conditions (including hidden health problems such as heart conditions, diabetes, epilepsy or mental health difficulties)
  • Specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, conditions on the autistic spectrum etc.)

Long-term usually means something that is likely to last or have an impact for at least a year (or much longer). Having a 'substantial and adverse impact on day-to-day activities' means that it can affect a number of the things you do on a daily basis, e.g. travelling from place to place, doing physical activities, shopping, communicating with others, dealing with information etc.

Members of the Disability & Inclusion team can be contacted at any time during the year. Please email disabilityandinclusion@napier.ac.uk if you would like to discuss or arrange support.


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 disabilityandinclusion@napier.ac.uk