The University of Manchester is committed to providing equality of opportunity through the best possible level of support to disabled students.
Our Disability Support Office (DSO) coordinates support for students with additional support needs arising from a medical condition, disability, mental health problems or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. Staff aim to provide a friendly, relaxed service and are happy to deal with any enquiries from students or parents.
DSO activities include:
- a full assessment of disabled students' academic and IT requirements;
- assisting with applications for the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA);
- liaising with other members of University staff in academic areas and central services;
- organising support workers;
- running a study-skills room containing a range of specialist equipment;
- delivering disability training to staff and students.
DSO staff are on hand at open days to discuss support needs with prospective students. Alternatively, applicants can make arrangements to meet and talk with them independently.
Our colleagues in the School of Physics and Astronomy have put together a short series of videos which applicants with Asperger's syndrome may find helpful; they are deliberately designed to be as clear, logical and distraction-free as possible and describe the University in general, and the Disability Support Office. This video describes the University of Manchester in general:
- If you have listed a disability on your application form, the University's Disability Support Office will make contact with you directly to discuss the support services available to both applicants and new students.
- If you decide to study at the University of Manchester and will be living in halls of residence, remember to inform the Accommodation Office if you'll need any specific facilities.
- You can also contact the DSO directly after you begin your course; if you notify us of your disability the University is then able to organise a wide range of practical individual support in collaboration with the School of Maths (e.g. alternative exam arrangements, copies of lecture notes, alternative formats).
- The School of Maths has a dedicated Disability Officer (Tracie McArthur) who can assist with any queries and who works closely with the DSO.
- We have a dedicated caseworker within the DSO who is familiar with the School of Maths.