Who we are
If you have a disability or condition that affects your studies, our Disability Learning Support (DLS) Team offer confidential support to help you make the most of your studies.
We have Disability Advisers and Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) Advisers available to help you, as well as Disability Tutors at each campus who can answer questions related to your course. Each library also has a Disability Support Representative.
Our contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.
How we can help
Who do we help?
If you have a long-term condition or disability, we can help. The term 'disability' covers a range of conditions, including:
- mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety
- visual impairments
- autism spectrum conditions
- long-term medical conditions, such as epilepsy or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
If you have a temporary condition (eg you've broken a limb or have an injury), you will not be able to register with us, but can apply for support in exams. For details, check the Individual exam arrangements page.
If you've missed an assessment or submitted coursework late because of serious, unforeseen circumstances that were outside your control, you can submit a mitigating circumstances claim.
Register for support
You’ll need to register for support with us and provide supporting documentary evidence of your disability or condition.
If you've received an offer of a place or have already enrolled with us, you can register now.
If you’ve applied but not yet received an offer, get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of this page.
Register online now
To register online, simply log in with your University username and password and click on the Disability Support Tab at the top right. Then just follow the instructions.
Come and speak to us
We're also happy to meet you in person if you prefer to register this way.
To visit us, just contact us via the details below or log in with your University username and password and book an appointment with us.
Dyslexia, dyspraxia and other Specific Learning Difficulties
If you think you might have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLDs), such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, have a look at the guides below, which describe some SpLDs.
You can also complete our online screening, which will give you an indication of whether you may have dyslexia or dyspraxia:
- Log in and complete the online dyslexia screening
- Log in and complete the online dyspraxia screening
If you'd like to chat to us, just book an appointment with us.
Types of support
We aim to make the University an accessible and welcoming place for all of our students and staff, and offer a variety of support to those with disabilities. There is also financial support available to students with disabilities.
For examples of types of support, have a look at our guides below:
Access to buildings
Together with DisabledGo, we've created a set of access guides for our buildings.
If you'll be driving to our central London campuses and are a Blue Badge Holder, we recommend you apply for the City of Westminster's White Badge scheme, which provides additional parking benefits, as the borough is not part of the national Blue Badge scheme.
Access to technology
We have some assistive technology networked across the University. For more information or for advice on digital accessibility, please see our Libguides.
Access and support in the library
Please see our Library Access Guide for disabled students.
We offer support in in-class tests and exams. This includes extra exam time, rest breaks and sitting assessments with smaller groups of students.
Specialist one-to-one tuition
We offer specialist one-to-one tuition, covering topics such as planning assignments, essay writing, and revision and exam technique.
We are always happy to receive feedback and use this to improve our service.
- For general feedback on Disability Learning Support, please email [email protected].
- To provide anonymous feedback on Specialist Study Skills sessions that you receive, please complete our evaluation form.
You can provide anonymous feedback on Specialist Mentoring sessions that you receive by using our review form.
DSA needs assessment
If your application for the DSA (Disabled Students' Allowance) was successful and you now wish to book your needs assessment, visit our DSA assessments page for details on next steps.
For more details on the DSA and how to apply, visit the Gov.uk website.
For my entire life, I knew there was something that really interrupted my studies, as it was always taking me three times more to learn than my peers. Eventually being diagnosed with ADHD (ADD) I learned where the problem was but I wasn't willing to share it with anyone.
The minute I have started to share it at the University of Westminster I have received a lot of support from other students and University staff. I felt very welcomed and understood and that helped me to grow to a major extent throughout my studies.
Obviously, it was challenging to show my vulnerability but the more I spoke about it the more I understood myself and knew that I wasn't alone.
Speak up now! They're not your enemies, they're here to help. And if not now, then when?
Jagoda, final year student of International Business and Chinese BA Honours
Workshops and events
The Disability Learning Support team runs workshops and events throughout the year.
To find out about these activities, keep an eye on the events listing on the Student Hub homepage or get in touch with us at [email protected]
We appreciate the information you may share with us is personal and sensitive.
Information about your disability support needs will only be shared outside our team with key members of staff directly involved in implementing your support.
The information you provide will never be shared with other students. It will also not be on your university transcript or academic references.
For more details, please read our Disability Learning Support consent and disclosure statement below.