Information for new students
Find out how we can help you with your disability as a prospective student.
How can I disclose my disability?
- You can disclose your disability on your UCAS application form
- You can disclose your disability on your direct entry application to Ulster University
- You can disclose your disability to us directly, our contact details are at the bottom of page.
What do I need to do to get support?
- Complete an Additional Study Needs (ASN) form to tell us about about your support needs and return it to Student Support on your campus.
- Provide medical evidence to demonstrate the impact of your disability
- Attend an introductory appointment to meet one of our accessability advisers
- Apply for funded support from the Disabled Students' Allowance (if appropriate)
What medical evidence is required?
Before you meet with an accessability adviser, you need to provide us with your medical evidence. If you cannot provide adequate medical evidence, we will not be able to proceed with your reasonable adjustment recommendations and you will need to book another appointment.
What happens at the introductory appointment?
This initial appointment will take up to 1 hour. During the meeting, you will discuss various themes so that the adviser can develop your personal reasonable adjustment recommendations. These discussed themes will include:
- Previous supporting strategies used in school/education
- Anticipated challenges/worries/concerns for university
- Thoughts on your transition into university life
- Your involvement with other support networks (social worker, transitions etc.)
- Information and advice on other support services available at Ulster University
- Your eligibility for funded support and guidance on how to apply
What is the Disabled Students' Allowance?
The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) provides funded support for UK students with disabilities in higher education, to enable them to benefit fully from their chosen course of study. There are four elements of DSA support:
- Non-medical help
- Specialist equipment allowance
- General allowance
- Travel allowance
Additional information and application forms are available through www.studentfinanceni.co.uk and it is best to apply as soon as you can. Delaying your application could mean a delay in accessing your support at University. It is your responsibility to apply for Disabled Students' Allowance (if you are eligible to do so) so that you can proceed to arranging a needs assessment.
We have created a DSA roadmap to guide you through the process of accessing funded support at university.
If you are an international student or from the Republic of Ireland you may also be able to access funded support and your accessibility adviser will discuss this with you at your meeting.
What happens next?
The AccessAbility team have an anticipatory duty to arrange support for prospective students, but this does not constitute an offer or acceptance of a place to study at Ulster University. However, after your first meeting and prior to confirmation or registration the following things may happen:
- You will be given your advisers details to contact them if you have any queries.
- Your adviser will notify relevant schools or departments within the University if any adjustments are required prior to your anticipated arrival at university.
- When you have DSA1 approval we can arrange for you to have a needs assessment to access funded support. Find out how to book a needs assessment.
- If your circumstances change regarding your course, disability or health you should contact us in case further action is required.
Please note your Disabled Students' Allowance application and needs assessment report are specific to you, and will still be valid at other institutions if you do not accept your offer to study at Ulster University.