What support is available for disabled students?
You may not need support, but if you do there are a number of ways we can help.
As a student with a disability there is a huge variety of services and support available to you. Below you'll find information about those services and how you can access them during your time at Liverpool John Moores University.
Let us know about your disability
The Disability Advice Team
The Disability Advice Team will help you access the support you need. The best time to contact the Disability Advice Team is before you start your course. By contacting the team before you begin and disclosing your disability, you'll be able to receive support from when you arrive.
To let the team know that you have a disability, please contact us - we'll be happy to help:
Call: 0151 231 3164/3165
What support is on offer? Click on the tabs below to find out:
As a home disabled student you may be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). The DSA is a grant that will help you meet the extra course costs you may face as a direct result of your disability, an ongoing health condition, a mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty.
To find out if you are eligible for DSA or to find out how much funding you could receive as part of your DSA, please visit the government Disabled Students' Allowance webpages. You can also apply for your DSA on these pages. It is important that you fill in the correct form, so if you’re unsure, please contact the Disability Advice Team for further assistance using the details below.
International and EU students might be eligible for support. Please contact the Disability Advice Team using the details below to find out more.
Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165
If you need to make adaptations to accommodation please contact the Accommodation Office:
Tel: 0151 231 4166
Your Disability Coordinator can help you before you apply to study with us and they will also be there to help you when you are a Liverpool John Moores University student too. They can talk to you about lots of things, including:
- Disclosing your disability
- Academic support
- Exam support
- Disabled Students’ Allowance
- Study skills
Your Disability Coordinator can also help you figure out what support you may need. For example, you might not have thought about the types of support that would be usefuel in an academic environment, such as a voice recorder. Every Faculty within the University has its own Disability Coordinator. If you would like them to, your Disability Coordinator will share your Individual Student Learning Plan with all relevant academic staff. This is useful because it means that staff will know how to support you effectively during your time with us.
To contact a Disability Coordinator please use the details below:
Tel: 0151 231 3164/3165
Learning Support Plan
Your Individual Student Learning Plan (ISLP) sets out the type of support you may need and who is responsible for ensuring your support is in place. Your Disability Adviser will provide you with your ISLP once you have met to discuss your study needs. You may also need a formal Needs Assessment. The information in your ISLP is taken from this Needs Assessment. Once finalised, your plan will be sent to you via email. As soon as you have agreed the ISLP it will be sent to your Disability Coordinator and then, with your agreement, passed on to the relevant academic and support staff.
This checklist may make life a little easier when you are trying to arrange your additional provisions and services.
Frequently asked questions
If you need more information, you might find the answer to your question below:
Do I have to tell the University about my disability?
No, it is your right to decide. That said, if any disability or health condition may affect you on your course then we would positively encourage you to inform us. Informing us will ensure that the appropriate support or ‘reasonable adjustments’ are put in to place to try to reduce any barriers you may face due to your disability, health or mental health condition or specific learning difficulty.
We positively welcome disclosure from students at any point during their time here and we want students to feel confident in discussing details with staff throughout the University.
I have a disability but do not require support. What do I need to do?
We recommend that you come along and speak to us 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 us as soon as possible and we will be happy to discuss your needs.
What will happen in my appointment with you and who will I see?
You will meet with a Disability Adviser for an informal discussion about your support requirements. This may be based on support that you have accessed for previous studies, or support you feel will be beneficial to you now. If you have a disability or medical condition, you will be asked to provide medical evidence from your GP, hospital consultant or Educational Psychologist Report. We will also explain how to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances, which may fund the majority if your support requirements.
LJMU helped me apply for my Disability Students' Allowance. I feel I was supported by teaching and other staff and feel more prepared for the world of work.