Disability and mental health support at Kingston University

The disability and mental health advisers, based in the Student Life Centre, co-ordinate support arrangements and resources to enable students to with disabilities to benefit fully from their time at Kingston University.

Students with long-term health conditions, mental health conditions, physical or sensory impairments and specific learning differences, such as dyslexia are all entitled to support.

Support available

  • Advice and guidance on what support is available.
  • Recommending reasonable adjustments for the teaching, learning and assessments of courses.
  • Support with applying for additional funding, such as Disabled Students' Allowances.
  • Support with setting up one to one support including support workers, tutors and mentors.
  • Recommending accommodation for disabled students with adaptations if necessary.
  • Disabled-parking permits.
  • Advice on getting assessments for specific learning differences (eg dyslexia) if appropriate.
  • Access to our adapted computers onsite, which are reserved for students with disabilities.
  • Inspiration (mind-mapping software), Claro Read and TextHelp Read & Write are available on all student-use computers across the University.

For more information please contact us:

Students can also join the Disabled Student Network for a student-based community within the University.

How to get support in place at Kingston University

You need to provide supporting evidence of your disability:

  • If you have a learning difference such as dyslexia – please send us a full diagnostic assessment report from a specialist teacher or educational psychologist.

    If your report was conducted when you were younger than sixteen years old, we can still use this to provide some support and reasonable adjustments. However, to be able to apply for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) you will need to have been over 16 when your report was done. Please let us know if you need a new post-16 report.
  • If you have a disability, please send us a medical letter from your doctor clearly stating your diagnosis and its impact on your study.

    If you don't have this evidence, please ask your doctor to fill out the Disabled Students' Allowances Disability Evidence Form, which we can also accept. You will also need the same types of medical evidence in your DSA application.

Specialist support

The disability and mental health advisers, based in the Student Life Centre, co-ordinate support arrangements and resources to enable students to benefit fully from their time at Kingston University.

Our specialist support is aimed at students with disabilities – including students with long-term health conditions, mental health conditions, physical or sensory impairments and specific learning differences, such as dyslexia. 

Support services include:

  • advice and guidance on support available;
  • support when applying for additional funding, such as the Disabled Students' Allowance;
  • adapted accommodation for disabled students;
  • disabled-parking permits;
  • extended library services;
  • advice on being assessed for specific learning differences (like dyslexia);
  • extra study skills support and teaching and learning adjustments;
  • equipment loans;
  • access to our adapted computers, which are reserved for students with disabilities;
  • Inspiration (mind-mapping software), Claro Read and TextHelp Read & Write are available on all student-use computers across the University;
  • information on support workers, non-subject specific tutoring or mentoring; and
  • adjustments to examinations and assessments.

For more information, or to arrange to meet a disability and mental health adviser, please contact us:

Students can also join the Disabled Student Network for a student-based community within the University.