Learning support


The university aims to create a supportive and welcoming environment for all and strives to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities. Our methods of learning, teaching and assessment are flexible and designed to suit a range of needs. By offering effective support, we aim to enable all students to participate fully in all activities while studying with the university.

Telling us about your needs

All students and prospective students are encouraged to disclose any specific needs as early as possible. Making early contact with support services staff at your Home Academic Partner will enable appropriate support to be negotiated and put in place as early as possible.

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Support at your campus

There is a student support contact at every university Academic Partner who can provide access to a range of services. Learner support available at campuses includes:

  • Pre-entry guidance
  • Provision of general advice and information
  • Submission of Disabled Students’ Allowance claims for non-medical personal helpers and/or assistive technology
  • Assessing academic support needs
  • Assessing access to alternative assessment arrangements
  • Help with assessment for dyslexia
  • Help in organising personal support (e.g. note takers)
  • Liaison with external agencies, where appropriate
  • Help with arranging learning support
  • Access to, and demonstrations of, specialist software and equipment
  • Arranging appropriate access to campus buildings/parking/facilities

Personal Learning Support Plan (PLSP)

Students who disclose a disability whilst at the university will have an opportunity to have their needs assessed by student services staff at their enrolling college, and to set up a Personal Learning Support Plan (PLSP) as required. A PLSP, and its Summary of Support section in particular, details the support measures that are approved for you in light of how your specific disclosed needs impact on your current studies.

Should you have any issues with any aspect of your approved PLSP, you should contact student services staff at your enrolling college in the first instance. You can also provide feedback via the Red Button and the university’s complaints process is available as an option of last resort.

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Funding for students with disabilities

Funding for students with disabilities

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to meet the costs of your studies and help with any specific items of equipment you may need.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

The university is validated by the Scottish Government to conduct needs assessments for UHI students wishing to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance. If you think you may be eligible to claim DSA, a member of support services staff at your partner college will be pleased to discuss this with you. Further information is also available from the university's own DSA page.

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Policies and further links

The university has a number of policies underpinning our commitment to equal opportunities. There are also a number of external agencies which can provide support.

Website accessibility

Our website is designed to meet accessibility requirements. Read our accessibility statement.

Please contact the university webteam if you have any problems accessing our Disability Matters web pages; be as specific and detailed as you can. Please also tell us what you like and find useful.

We link to other websites that may offer benefit to our users. We are not responsible for the accessibility of these or any other websites we do not manage. 

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has useful tips on contacting organisations about inaccessible websites.

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Your information

The short video below provides a brief overview of how student data is used during the needs assessment process. 

Our privacy notice explains in more detail how the university will process and use your data.