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 applying for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), as well as useful resources.

Disability support is also offered through our partnership with the University of Plymouth. Whether you’re a prospective student, applicant, current student or member of staff supporting students, their team can help. Find out more here >

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

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.

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 >

Our partners at Plymouth University have also created a comprehensive guide on the DSA process – read it here.

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