Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are for UK disabled students in Higher Education.
If you are eligible for the DSAs, it will cover the extra costs you may incur as a direct result of you disability when studying your course. The allowances are decided individually according to your particular needs. The DSAs may help with the cost of a non-medical personal helper, items of specialist equipment, travel and other course related costs.
Don't wait until you have a confirmed place or until you start your course to apply for the DSA, apply now to make sure your support in in place for the start of term.
It takes, on average, over 10 weeks from applying for DSAs to receiving support. Applying for DSA early means students can get their support in place before the start of term.
The SFE YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/SFEFilm
which has a range of one-minute videos on the DSAs, attending a needs assessment and how to apply.
More information can be found on our DSA
Support is available for International students and those not eligible for DSAs, for more information see our Guidance for students
Exams (Modified Assessment Provisions)
Disability Assist can liaise with the examinations office and the head of faculty administration on your behalf to arrange Modified Assessment Provisions (MAPs), but it is essential to make contact as early as possible to organise provision.
In accordance with Plymouth University Regulations students requiring MAPs must be assessed by Disability Assist prior to any provisions being put in place by meeting with a Disability Advisor.
MAPs can be made for any time constrained assessment that contributes towards a final mark for a module. The purpose of these arrangements is to facilitate equality of access for students who, because of a disability or dyslexia, may be disadvantaged when assessed under time constraints.