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Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

Support Available for Students with Dyslexia or other SpLD at Northumbria

To receive support from the University if you have a dyslexia/SpLD you must:

  • Register with the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team
  • Provide a report, confirming that you have a dyslexia/SpLD. The report should refer to an assessment carried out after your 16th birthday. The assessment report should include the results of a range of age appropriate tests showing underlying ability and current levels of achievement. 

Once you have a confirmation of a dyslexia/SpLD you should make an appointment to discuss your support needs with one of the Disabilities Advisers. They can outline the full range of support available to you including individual exam arrangements, access to specialist study skills tutorials, Disabled Students' Allowances and support from your academic tutors.

Letting your Tutor know that you have dyslexia/SpLD

Discuss this with one of the Disabilities Advisers, with your permission they can provide a summary of your support needs with regard to Learning, Teaching and Assessment for your tutors via a formal Disabled Students Support Recommendations report agreed with you.

Dyslexia Support Tutors

The Dyslexia Support Tutors offer a free service to students who are registered with the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team. This includes one-to-one, multi-sensory specialist study skills tuition for students with dyslexia/SpLD. The tutorials are very student centred but may include.

  • Research Skills
  • Using the Library and NORA
  • Writing skills such as planning, structure, spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Referencing
  • Organisational skills and time management
  • Use of specialist software and ICT
  • Exam revision techniques
  • Presentation techniques
  • Advice for placements

Students who think they may have dyslexia/SpLD

If you think you may have a dyslexia/SpLD you will need to speak to a Disabilities Coordinator. They are available for Drop-In on Monday - Friday between 9am and 1pm and there are appointments available afternoons Monday - Friday at City Campus. Please phone 0191 227 4127 or call in to Student Support & Wellbeing to book one of these. Alternatively, if you are based at Coach Lane Campus, please call the number above for further information.

You may then be advised to undergo a full diagnostic assessment which can be arranged to take place at the University.

You may be responsible for paying for this assessment. However, students who are eligible can apply for help towards the cost of the assessment from the Access to Learning Fund (ALF). The ALF office is based within Northumberland Building at City Campus and staff will give you advice on eligibility.

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