Student talking to a disability advisor

Disclosing your disability enables us to support you at university.

Disclosing your disability

Reasons to disclose

There are a number of reasons why it would be a good idea to disclose a disability at University:

  • it enables the University to make reasonable adjustments to support you during your studies
  • you will receive the appropriate support through AccessAbility
  • you will be covered by the Equality Act

Some people choose not to disclose for various reasons. If you have any concerns about disclosure, please contact us to speak to an adviser in confidence, who can discuss with you whether it would be a good idea for you to declare your disability.

How and when to disclose

You can disclose your disability to the University in a number of ways:

  • on your UCAS application form, by entering a code in the 'disability' box. This information will tell AccessAbility that you have applied, and we will send you a letter and questionnaire asking about your support needs.
  • by coming to AccessAbility at any time before or during your studies and completing an AccessAbility registration form. You can ask for an appointment with an adviser to fill in the form with them.

What happens to your information

Sometimes, to help support you, AccessAbility may need to share some of your information within the University, for example your teaching staff or the exams or accommodation office. If so, we will consult you fully. Often they will not need to know details about your disability, just the reasonable adjustments that need to be made.

The University has guidelines about Data Protection, and AccessAbility adheres to the principles of Data Protection as well as meeting the conditions for processing sensitive data. This means that AccessAbility will only collect information about you that is important for your support, eg your disability, and must gain your consent to pass on this information to anybody except in very exceptional circumstances.