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Some students may require extra help whilst on their course.  This may be because they have a disability or they just need study skills updating.

Study Skills

I do not have a disability but may need help with studying?

All students are welcome to attend our free Study Skills workshops, or contact us to arrange an appointment for additional support.  We provide guidance and advice in a range of essential academic and personal skills, and aim to help you become a more confident and effective learner.  All sessions are informal, and give you the opportunity to ask questions relevant to your own needs and concerns.

Check- if you need to book a session on a study skills workshop contact: or contact us for further information by sending an e-mail to

What should I do if I have a disability

If you have a disability, mental health problems or specific learning difficulty there are a team of staff at LJMU to help you get the assistance you need.

There is also funding available to help you if you are a student from the UK:

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) are grants to help meet the extra costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, ongoing health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty.

They help disabled students to study in higher education on an equal basis with other students. If you get one of these grants, you won't have to pay it back.

DSAs can be used to help pay for:

    • specialist equipment you need for studying - for example, computer software
    • non-medical helpers, such as a note-taker or reader
    • extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability
    • other costs - for example, tapes or Braille paper

If I am a student from overseas can I receive support for my disability?

You will be required to provide medical evidence or a psychological assessment and the Disability Team will be able to arrange a Needs Assessment. We can provide an agreed amount of personal support and can loan you equipment whilst you are on your course.

Check – if you think you may be entitled to DSA contact the Disability Team on or 0151 904 6052The Disability Advice Team is responsible for the co-ordination of support for current and prospective disabled students.

I have a disability but do not require support, what do I need to do?

We would still recommend that you come along and speak to a member of the Disability Advice Team to ensure you are aware of the range of support available to you. If after this meeting you still do not want to access support then we will document this on your record. If at a future date you would like to discuss any potential support requirements, you should contact the Student Advice and Wellbeing team as soon as possible and we will be happy to discuss your needs.

Illness, absence and extenuating circumstances

What if I am unable to attend an exam or hand in an assessment?

You may be able to claim Extenuating Circumstances where timely, severe, acute and unexpected circumstances occur. You should speak to the Module Leader in the first instance and then before submitting a claim of Extenuating Circumstances students you will be directed to a Student Advice and Wellbeing (SAW) adviser whose role is to advise you in relation to the specific circumstances.

Check- contact your module leader if you think you may not be able submit an assessment or sit an exam. Call Student Advice and Wellbeing for further advice 0151 904 6053 or

Disclosure of information

Why should I tell the University about my disability or specific learning difficulty?

It is important that you tell us about any disability, mental health or specific learning difficulty so we can assist you in obtaining all of the support you are entitled to. It is not a sign of weakness that you ask for help and support and all information will be treated in confidence.

Check- contact the Disability Team as soon as possible to enable us to put in place any support you may be entitled to in good time.  Don’t feel embarrassed about  telling us this information.

Page last modified 09 August 2012.

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