Preparing for student life
Starting university can be a bit of a culture shock, but we’re here to help you to settle in. Here are three key things to keep in mind:
- We encourage you to tell us about your particular needs when you apply. This information helps us to make the right arrangements for you and provide the best possible support, so that your experience at NTU is a positive one.
- Attend our ‘Get Sorted’ transition event on Friday 1 September 2023 for students with disabilities and long-term health conditions. This is an opportunity to meet your support teams, explore the kind of help that’s on offer, and make sure you have everything in place to start at NTU. Book your place.
- Apply for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) if you have: autism; physical, sensory, mental health and long-term medical conditions; and dyslexia or other specific learning differences (SpLD).
Support tailored to your needs
Find out about support, regular events and activities, and more for students with autism at NTU.
Dyslexia, ADHD & SpLD support
Our Dyslexia Support team provides advice and support to students with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs), such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.
Mental health support
If you have a mental health condition that affects your studies, we offer a range of services to support your time at university.
Physical, sensory and long-term medical conditions
Our Disability Support team can offer advice for both current and prospective students on the types of support available.
Funding and adjustments
Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
You may be eligible to receive the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). This can be used to cover extra costs that might arise during your studies on account of a disability, health or learning condition.
Access statements recommend reasonable adjustments and appropriate support, so that your studies aren’t disadvantaged by a disability, learning difficulty or long-term health condition.
Your Disability Officer
Each School has a dedicated Disability Officer, who’ll support you by liaising with your academic team. They will be your key point of contact while studying at NTU, and can help you to get an Access Statement in place, as well as arranging your support needs.
We run advice sessions remotely and across all our campuses, where students can talk with their Disability Officer and receive support with things like academic liaison, support arrangements and applying for a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).
If you want to find out more, please email us.
If you have specific accommodation needs because of a disability or medical requirement, we offer a range of accessible accommodation at our City, Clifton and Brackenhurst campuses.
You can find detailed accessibility information for each of our halls on our Accessibility in Halls page, including guidance on living in halls with a range of access needs, and the adjustments we can make.
Nottingham Trent University are working with AccessAble to provide detailed access guides to the buildings, services and rooms across our campuses.
The City Campus is on a slight slope, but is fully accessible across our key buildings and facilities.
Clifton Campus is compact and completely self-contained. It slopes gently in places, but is generally accessible. If you need to move between campuses, a low-floor accessible bus service runs between the City and Clifton campuses throughout term time.
Brackenhurst Campus is a rural campus with walkways, but some rough tracks.
We recommend that you visit us and your campus before starting your course – we’ll be very happy to discuss your access needs.
The University recognises that a dog kept and used by a disabled person (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) for the purpose of assisting that person to carry out day-to-day activities (an “Assistance Dog”), will require access to the University’s estate, relevant buildings and University-owned student accommodation.
Assistance dogs are trained by members of Assistance Dogs (UK), or by an equivalent organisation in another country. They have formal identification and are permitted to accompany their owners at all times and in all places within the United Kingdom (unless there is a genuine health and safety risk).
If you have an assistance dog, let us know you wish to bring them so we can answer any questions you may have around this.
Parking at the City Campus is very limited. However, if you are a Blue Badge holder or need to bring your car to the University because of a medical condition, we may be able to provide a dedicated parking space. Parking is not guaranteed, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For further information, please email us.
Join our inclusive community
From creating and maintaining environments that enable everyone to flourish, to celebrating Disability History Month, at NTU we’re committed to helping our disabled students to get the most out of university.
Frequently asked questions
It's never too late to tell us about your support needs. If you feel you would benefit from additional support - or if you're unsure whether you need support, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. You can apply for DSAs at any time during your programme of study, but the application process takes quite a long time so you should submit your application as soon as possible. We can help you with this, so just get in touch.
We'd recommend discussing this with your Disability Officer in advance so we can inform your course team and ensure transparency.
Out of courtesy, we'd also suggest informing your subject administrator that you are unable to attend on occasions.
If you are already getting support from the Disability Support Worker Scheme (DSWS) and you cannot attend a teaching session, then you should contact the DSWS to let them know.
Please get in touch with the relevant Support team and we will do our best to help you. That is what we are here for, and no worry is too big or too small.
- Physical and sensory conditions: call +44 (0)115 848 2085 (option 2) or email the disability support team
- Dyslexia, ADHD and SpLDs: call +44 (0)115 848 4120 or email the dyslexia support team
- Autism: call +44 (0)115 848 2085 (option 3) or email the autism support team
- Mental health: call +44 (0)115 848 6623 or email the mental health support team
The most important thing you can do is get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss your support needs and help you with the transition to university life. You should also apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance as soon as possible.
We recommend visiting the campus more than once before the start of term, so that you can familiarise yourself with the environment and find your way around.
Visit our Starting at NTU pages for more packing checklists, next steps, and tips for settling in.
Get in touch as early as possible so we can discuss any concerns or needs you have regarding accommodation. You can also visit our accessibility in halls guide for more information on adaptations or adjustments.
Yes, as this is the perfect opportunity to visit us in person and discuss your requirements. An early visit helps us to assess and accommodate your needs, and we can also support your funding application, ensuring you've got everything you need to make the most of your university experience.
If you need any specific support for a visit to the University - for instance, information in different formats, or the services of a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter - you can email us ahead of your visit.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about disability support at NTU, or you'd like to talk through your options, our Disability Support team are here to help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)115 848 2085 to speak to one of our friendly advisers.