Disability Services

about this resource

‘Disability’ means different things to different people. Whatever your situation, we’re here to ensure you are supported during your studies at Dartington Trust.

This page contains information about disclosing your disability to us, applying for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), plus other useful resources.

SEE ALSO: Guide to student health and mental wellbeing at Dartington >

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For student learning support enquiries, including Disability Support Allowance, mental health and study support, please contact Oona Wagstaff at oona.wagstaff@dartington.org.

Oona’s working day is Friday 10am-4.30pm for student 1-1 appointments.

Disclosing your Disability

If you have a disability, please consider completing a Disability Disclosure Form (and sending it to admissions@dartington.org) – even if you think it will not affect your studies whilst you are at Dartington.

This will enable us to share your information with our Student Support staff so that they can look at what needs they may be able to put in place to support you. They will also be able to offer you guidance in relation to applications for Disability Support Allowance (see further down this page for more about DSA).

Support is also available to students who believe they may have a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. You are encouraged to disclose any impairment or condition (for example, dyslexia, a physical, sensory or mental health condition) at the earliest opportunity so that we can endeavour to meet your needs.

If you have already told us about a disability and have completed the Disclosure Form, we may ask you for further information or invite you for an information meeting (with Oona Wagstaff – Specialist 1:1 Study Assistant and Mentor. We can then properly assess your individual requirements in discussion with you, and ensure that we have the best possible chance of having any necessary adjustments in place early on in your course. We can also advise you further about claiming for Disabled Students’ Allowance.

long-term health conditions

All students wishing to record a long-term health condition must complete Plymouth University’s Extenuating Circumstances and Long Term Ill Health Form.  Students must upload any supporting evidence at the time of submitting their claim.

If you have a claim for a long-term health condition validated for the current academic year, you must submit an extenuating circumstances claim for any missed deadlines, examinations or assessments.

You do not need to provide any additional corroborative evidence if the assessments concerned are affected by your existing condition that is covered under Long Term Ill Health evidence. However, you will be required to provide independent corroboration if your condition changes, whether improvement or deterioration, or if your extenuating circumstances are caused by another reason.

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

If you have a disability, or a long-term physical or mental health condition, you can apply for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). This may enable you to access a range of support during the course of your studies.

Following a meeting with Student Support lead, students are signposted to work with our partners, Amano, for one to one guidance/advice to assist the completion of their DSA application for additional support.

In addition:

You can apply for DSA when you apply for your student finance or at a later stage during your programme but we recommend that whenever possible, you apply along with your student finance.

Government Information on DSA process and eligibility >

How to apply for DSA >

NOTE: On the application form for postgraduates, we (Dartington) must complete section 5, which includes confirmation of a place, a stamp and course code. Students should contact Taught Programmes team for assistance at tpcourseadmin@dartington.org.

on-site access requirements

If you’re planning on staying on campus during your studies, we’ll do everything possible to ensure you have a comfortable and safe stay.

You’ll have the chance to specify any access requirements during your accommodation application, and where a student has declared and provided evidence of a disability this will carefully considered in the process of allocating rooms.

Declarations or queries about accessible accommodation can also be directed, in confidence, to studentaccommodation@dartington.org.

useful resources

The following links are to a variety of websites that may be useful in researching options around disabilities and available services. While we have chosen these as credible sources, we encourage you to research them fully before committing, especially when paying for goods or services.

What is Neurodiversity? >

What is Dyslexia ? >

Information about assistive technology for dyslexia >

Lex Academic Scholarships > – If you hold an admission for, or are undertaking, a postgraduate degree with a thesis or extended project component, you can apply for Lex Academic Scholarships which are designed to support students with dyslexia.

Speech to text software >

Zotero (organisational and referencing tool) > (Please note that this tool is available for free through your student account with Plymouth University)

Useful Study Skills Books

Cottrell, S. (2019). 5th ed.The Study Skills Handbook. UK: Red Globe Press
Goodwin, J., (2018). Studying with Dyslexia. London: Palgrave
Williams, K., (2013). Planning Your Dissertation. London: Palgrave MacMillan