Disability Learning Support
Our Disability Learning Support (DLS) team provides a range of services for students with disabilities.
Registering with us
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty, registering with us is one of the first things you should do when you join the University. We'll then assess your needs and make sure the appropriate support is in place during your studies.
To register with us, get in touch with us at DLS@westminster.ac.uk or call 020 350 68800.
You can also visit us in person, we are happy to arrange an appointment for you or come along to one of our drop–in slots, check our Contact us page for details.
You may wish to get in touch with your faculty's Disability Tutor, who can offer you additional support and guidance and is also a key liaison point between students and the DLS Team.
Some disabled students may also be eligible to receive extra mentoring support via our Mentoring service.
One-to-one tuition and Mentoring
Some students may be eligible to receive continued one-to-one specialist Study Skills tuition (if you have a Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia) or mentoring (if you have been diagnosed with a Mental Health Condition or an Autistic Spectrum Condition).
Both study skills and mentoring support offered at the University of Westminster have been established for many years. The Mentors and Specialist Teachers are very experienced and have particular expertise and skills working with students from a variety of backgrounds and disabilities.
Both services are confidential and provided on university premises.
Screening for dyslexia or dyspraxia
Students must have a full diagnostic report of dyslexia or dyspraxia (done after the age of 16) in order to have support at university.
- If you suspect you might have dyslexia or dyspraxia but have never had any tests done before, the university could organise a preliminary screening for you. Please download the flowchart which explains the Screening process (PDF).
- If you have an old dyslexia/dyspraxia report done before the age of 16, a previous screening test or a JCQ Access Arrangements document please download the flowchart which explains how to obtain a full diagnostic report (PDF).
Disability Cost Assistance (DCA) is the funding available for a full diagnostic assessment. Download the flowchart which explains who is eligible for the funding (PDF).
Always check your eligibility with Student Funding as well:
Telephone: 0207 911 5000 ext 66989
Please note: if you are not eligible for the DCA funding, you will have to pay for the assessment and do not have to wait for screening.
Please email the Disability Learning Support Team on DLS@westminster.ac.uk, who can provide you with a list of external assessors who you can book the assessment with in your own time.
No information is disclosed without your permission, except under exceptional circumstances.
However, in line with health and safety policies, the University has a mandatory requirement to inform relevant parties about students known to have conditions such as epilepsy on entry. This is to ensure students' well-being and to avoid compromising the safety of others.
Our duties under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010 are set out in our Disability Learning Support Consent and Disclosure statement (PDF).
If you want to provide feedback about the Disability Learning Support Service please email DLS@westminster.ac.uk
If you would like to provide anonymous feedback on the specialist one–to–one tuition support that you have recieved please complete our feedback form.
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Entry criteria and procedures are regularly reviewed to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and attributes.