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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.

Support where you need it

We can liaise with the University’s Academic Schools, services and outside agencies, and help to coordinate any additional requirements you may have. We can also guide and support your applications for additional funding.


There’s a wide range of support available at NTU, including:

  • assistive technology for your studies
  • note-taking during seminars
  • BSL interpreters
  • extended loans in the library
  • alternative exam arrangements
  • accessible accommodation (see our accommodation website for more details).

Specialist DSA Funded support is provided through a mix of internal support and external agency support.

If you want to find out more, please email us.

Weekly advice sessions

If you have a physical, sensory or long-term medical conditions, we offer advice sessions throughout term-time.

Our services include:

Personal assistance

Going to university might mean you have to reassess your personal assistance arrangements – especially if you normally receive help with mobility and everyday tasks from family members, as this support is not provided or arranged through your Higher Education Provider.

Local Authority Social Services should provide you with the support you need. We’re unable to provide any type of personal care, including carrying equipment and accompanying students to lectures. You can choose to have direct payments to buy services that meet your assessed needs, instead of receiving services directly provided by social services.

Complex support needs

If you have complex support needs, we recommend contacting the Disability Support team as soon as possible, to discuss your personal requirements. For example, if you have a sensory impairment or mobility difficulties, it might be necessary for support to be discussed before you start university so that the required adjustments will be in place from day one.

We’ll tailor the experience to your specific needs – from campus orientation to the provision of BSL interpreters, note-takers etc.

Assistive technologies

  • Use our free to download assistive technology resources
  • All of our resource room PCs have assistive technology applications available
  • Texthelp is text-to-speech software, which can be useful for checking your work
  • Inspiration and MindGenius are applications that can help you plan your ideas by converting mind maps into easy-to-follow essay plans. The Library Information desks will show you how to access and use these applications.
  • If you’ve been allocated assistive equipment and software through the DSA, make sure you access the training you’ve been awarded, and use the provision to support your study and learning.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like further information about our disability services, email us at or call us on +44 (0)115 848 2085.

We welcome comments to improve our service. If you have feedback with any aspect of the service you receive from our team, please let us know.