Disclosing your disability

I am applying to Plymouth University, when do I let you know about my disability?

Let us know when you first apply or as early as you can.

This will help us to work with you to ensure that you have the right advice about support and equipment while you are studying with us and to allow us to put the appropriate support in place in good time.

Can current students disclose a disability?

Yes.

We do encourage you to disclose your disability as early as possible but you can do this at anytime during your course.

If you have a newly diagnosed or an additional condition, please let us know.

How do I tell the University about my disability?

Complete our disability disclosure form.

You'll need to provide us with evidence to support your disclosure. This can be a GP letter confirming your diagnosis and/or a report confirming your specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia report.

If you would prefer to discuss disclosure with a Disability Advisor, we are happy to talk to you or to meet with you. Contact Disability Services.

Why do you need information and evidence about my disability?

We are expected to take reasonable steps to find out about your disability and to encourage you to disclose so that we can work with you to determine and meet your requirements for attending university.

What happens to my information and how is it used?

All information supplied regarding your disability is stored electronically and will be held securely and confidentially within Learning Support and Wellbeing and with regard to Data Protection.

Your consent allows us to use your information as a basis to ensure that appropriate support can be put in place for you. So we will need to share your information with relevant University staff. We produce a Student Support Document using your information which summarises your support and exam requirements and send this to Faculty for distribution within the Faculty.

Your consent also allows us to liaise with relevant external providers of support e.g. Claro Learning who provide non-medical helpers, funding bodies, specific support providers, Disabled Students’ Allowance assessment centres etc.

I don’t want anyone to know that I have a disability; do I have to tell you?

No.

If you choose not to disclose your disability you may not be able to access the full range of support available to you.

The information that you provide will help us to work with you to establish your support and exam requirements during your time at University.

The University values a diverse community of staff and students and disclosure about a disability will not prejudice your application.

If you are not sure whether your condition is considered to be a disability, it is best to still let the University know.

We've compiled a list of FAQs which should help.  We are happy for you to contact us at Disability Services to discuss any other queries or concerns.