Disabled Students’ Allowance

The university is validated to conduct needs assessments with students eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This means that any university student can have their needs assessed at their campus or learning centre, without necessarily travelling to an Access Centre elsewhere in Scotland.

Video Conference technologies can be used to support remote learners. In 2012, the university was awarded JISC's Innovation and Technology Award: Access and Inclusion for our case study on our approach to conducting DSA needs assessments with remote learners.

  • "Very much appreciate the help I received in making my claim - it was all done in a very friendly and relaxed fashion…” (2015/16 recipient of DSA)
  • "The process was really good and I felt listened to. This gave me a really good impression of UHI support services overall.” (2015/16 recipient of DSA)

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Where can I find out more about the DSA assessment process?

Read an overview of university needs assessment processes.

Where can I find out more about the types of technology that might be available to me during my studies?

Visit our Assistive Technology page.

Further guidance is available to staff in the UHI Toolkit. (Login using your UHI network ID and password and search for the keyword ‘DSA’).

If you think you might be eligible to apply for DSA, you should contact the disability support contact at your Home Academic Partner in the first instance. Note that the referral and needs assessment process may take longer during busier periods.

Students who have had their needs assessed by the university can share their experiences via the university’s Red Button.