Disability Support: Mental Health

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

Higher Education students living in England can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). DSA can help pay for the additional costs faced as a result of a disability. 

For information about DSA and how to apply, please visit www.gov.uk. 

Further information on funding and support at UCB can be found here.

Disclosing a mental health condition

Whether you are a current student at UCB or thinking of applying, you can tell us about a disability at any point. 

In line with current legislation we use the term “disability” to include specific learning difficulties like dyslexia, mental health difficulties, autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other ongoing health conditions. 

Disclosing a disability is a personal choice, but it can be a very positive step. If you decide to disclose, we would encourage you to tell us as early as possible. This will allow us to ensure that all support is available to you in a timely manner, even if you don’t need the support at the time you disclose. 

If you choose not to disclose a disability or limit a disclosure, you are still able to access the support offered via the Health & Wellbeing Service and we will do our best to help you. However, you may not be able to access the full range of support available. 

All disclosures will be treated confidentially unless you give consent for this information to be shared. 

How to disclose a disability

There are many opportunities for you to tell us about a disability, both before admission and during your studies at UCB.

You can tell us about a disability on your application form before you begin your course. Following receipt of your application, you will be contacted by an appropriate member of staff to ensure that support can be put in place for you before you start.

If you decide to disclose a disability whilst studying with us, you can tell your tutor or another member of staff, or talk to a disability advisor at the Academic Skills Centre. To do this, you can call in to make an appointment or email Luanna Harman (l.harman@ucb.ac.uk) or Patricia Jones (p.jones2@ucb.ac.uk). 

Further information on disability support at UCB can be found here.