Disability advisers

We provide a service to students who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, wheelchair users or people with mobility difficulties, those with long-standing medical conditions, autism spectrum disorders, mental health conditions and people with specific learning difficulties (for example, dyslexia). This list is not exhaustive.

How can we help?

Disability services has a team of advisers. We can provide you with information, advice and guidance, to assist you with:

  • obtaining evidence of your disability - students are eligible for disability funding and support if they meet the definition of disability in line with the Equality Act 2010. Therefore funding bodies and the University require clear and auditable evidence that a student has a long term condition (at least 12 months) which has a substantial (more than minor or trivial) impact on their day to day activity (including education). Doctor's letters should therefore clearly indicate this.
  • implementing support for your course through a Student Support Plan
  • accessing an assessment of your needs through the Assessment Centre on Teesside
  • arranging one-to-one academic support, for example dyslexia tuition, mentoring, note taking support, deaf support and mobility assistance - more about one-to-one support
  • applying for funding for your support for example Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) More about DSA's

If you normally live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, your application for student finance will be dealt with by the authorities in your own region.

Register for support with a disability

Please complete and return the attached form.

Changes to NHS funded courses from Sept 2017

New students starting certain undergraduate pre-registration healthcare programmes in England on or after 1 August 2017 will receive funding support primarily through the Student Loans Company. The professional groups affected are:

  • dietetics
  • midwifery
  • nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)
  • occupational therapy
  • operating department practitioner
  • orthoptics
  • orthotics and prosthetics
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry/chiropody
  • radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • speech and language therapy

New students are defined as those starting a course:

  • for the first time on 1 August 2017 or later
  • on 1 August 2017 or later, having withdrawn from or abandoned a previous higher education course in the 2016/17 academic year or an earlier academic year
  • on 1 August 2017 or later, as a full time student, having transferred from a previous part-time course or full-time distance learning course which started before 1 August 2017

Students studying on the courses above would apply for DSAs via Student Finance England .

Students studying a dental therapy, dental hygiene or postgraduate pre-registration healthcare course will still be able to apply for an NHS Bursary for 2017/18 if studying on a place commissioned by Health Education England. These students should apply for DSAs through their online BOSS account - see NHS Bursaries website for more information.

Mental health and autism

We have three specialist advisers dedicated to supporting students with autistic spectrum conditions and/or mental health conditions. You'll find the advisers on the first floor of the Student Centre.

We can offer a confidential service which includes:

  • working with you to set up your personalised Student Support Plan
  • providing advice and support to address any concerns or anxieties during your time at university
  • supporting you to settle into the academic and social demands of University life
  • liaising closely with academic schools and staff regarding course related issues that may be having an impact on your wellbeing
  • exploring other services within the university that may enhance your experience of university life
  • make referrals and signpost to external support services as required
  • in additional to this service, there is a counselling service and a well-being centre that all students can access.

Contact details

Service user feedback

Your feedback is key to ensuring we provide the most effective and efficient support for every student. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any feedback of good service or suggestions of how we can improve.


Should you wish to make a complaint you can do so by contacting the Disability Services Manager. All complaints are dealt with in a professional and non-confrontational manner.
  Complaints procedure (Word - 30kb)

Contact us

You'll find the advisers on the first floor of the Student Centre.
T: 01642 342277
Fax: 01642 342289
E: disability@tees.ac.uk