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The University of Suffolk aims to create an environment which is accessible for students with any disability. This includes specific learning differences, sensory impairment, long-term medical conditions and/or mental health difficulties. 

If you have a disability or specific learning need, it is essential that you meet with a member of the disability and wellbeing team as early as possible. We usually recommend that students meet their adviser in the summer before they start their course, to ensure that all support is in place ready for the start of your course. With your input, support arrangements are identified and put in place using a reasonable adjustment agreement. 

You can book an appointment via the Student Centre by telephoning 01473 338833 or by emailing

At your appointment an adviser will complete a reasonable adjustment agreement, support you to apply for DSA and set up any other support plans you may require. If you will need exam concessions or want to make an application for DSA, please bring any medical evidence along to the appointment.  

DSA - Undergraduate students can apply for DSA online or by using these paper forms.

You can apply as soon as you have your student finance account set up.

Postgraduate and part time students will need to complete the full DSA

More information about applying for DSA 


Useful documents:

Code of Practice on Reasonable Adjustments for Students

Your DSA

Mind’s guide to Coping with Student Life

Disability Statement


Wellbeing checklist:

  • Be prepared
    • Log in to your student account to check your timetable and make a start on reading lists. Assignment deadlines are available early, so make sure you put them in your diary at the start of term
  • Get organised
    • If you don't already have a planner or diary, get one! 
  • Visit the SU  
    • They have loads of clubs and societies that you can get involved with
  • Sign up for Most Active Students 
    • Exercise is key to a health body and mind
  • Eat well
    • It isn't just your body that needs nourishment - your mind functions much better with the right nutrition
  • Stay hydrated
  • Make time for rest  
    • With everything university has to offer, it will be tempting to 'burn the candle at both ends'. However if you regularly miss out on sleep it can lead to exhaustion, lack of sleep and possible mental health problems
  • Talk to someone if you are struggling  
    • You are not alone. Try talking to a flatmate or course mate - you might find that you aren't alone in feeling a bit overwhelmed. If you feel you need to talk to a professional, please book an appointment with the Student's Union advice centre or with student services