Answers to Your Questions
Answers to Your Questions
We have compiled a list of common enquiries and provided comprehensive answers to help address your concerns. Whether you're a prospective or current student, or simply looking for information about our services, this page aims to offer clarity and guidance.
Please note that our FAQ page is regularly updated to reflect new questions and address emerging concerns. If you cannot find the response to your enquiry, you can always contact our Disability Team.
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The below chart illustrates how you can be support for accommodation if you have specific requirements:
Find specific instructions on how to apply for an extension in your Department's course handbook. You can also contact your UG/PG Office for advice.
Reasonable adjustments outline the support and adaptations that may be needed for you whilst you study at the University. Your reasonable adjustments document will be produced after you provide evidence and a meeting with a Disability Adviser. Appointments with advisers can be face to face or online.
If your reasonable adjustments include alternative exam arrangements, then these have to be finalised by certain dates in the academic year.
The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is support from Student Finance England which will seek to cover the study-related costs you may have because of a mental health problem, long-term illness or any other disability.
You do not have to pay the DSA funding back, and it can be on its own or in addition to any student finance you get. It is based your individual needs, not your household income.
To find out more about this please visit the UK Government web page on the DSALink opens in a new window.
Reasonable adjustments are supportive arrangements for disabled students that are evidence and needs based, such as extra time in exams or flexibility with deadlines. These are in place for the duration of your programme.
Mitigating circumstances are for unforeseen or unexpected events that haven’t been covered by reasonable adjustments, for example accidents, serious illness or bereavement.
Warwick encourages students to tell us about your disability (or mental health/other conditions) as soon as possible. We will seek to support all students through Disability Services and discuss student requirements prior to entry, in order to ensure that reasonable adjustments can be made.
Students can disclose at the point of application (most commonly through the UCAS process), and disclosure will not be considered by the university as part of the selection process.
If students do not disclose then it should be understood that the help and support offered may be limited.
No, the Disability Team doesn't approve extension requests. This is managed by your Department.
Yes, in order to support you for an en-suite room, your medical letter must specifically state that this is a disability-related need. Your medical letter can be written by your GP, consultant, specialist nurse or other appropriately qualified medical professional.
Find specific instructions on how to apply for mitigating circumstances in your Department's course handbook. You can also contact your UG/PG Office for advice.
Informing the University about your disability as early as possible will ensure that you have time to submit appropriate evidence, register with our service, consider your accommodation needs and find out about different support options (such as reasonable adjustments and Disabled Students' Allowance).
Before applying for accommodation you should upload information related to your disability or condition. You'll need to get a Warwick IT account (which includes applicants): IT Services Account - Register for an IT Services account (warwick.ac.uk). Further details of the process can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/accommodation/students/apply/specificrequirementsnew/disability
If you have had academic adjustments at school or college, for example extra time in examinations, this type of support doesn’t automatically follow you through to university, hence why we request information about your disability or long-term impairment.
Your eligibility for certain types of support and adjustments will be informed by appropriate written evidence. This should be in English, typed, on headed paper, dated and signed by a qualified professional.
A JCQ Form 8's, Educational, Health and Care Plans or letters from your previous school or college are not sufficient evidence but we can advise you on how you can make arrangements for an assessment.
We’re unable to support students for specific halls of residence as our recommendations are based on needs and evidence provided. When you apply you can state your preferences on your accommodation application.
There may be occasions where reasonable adjustments aren’t sufficient to take into account the impact of any changes to your disability, unforeseen circumstances or a new diagnosis. The Disability Team, in some circumstances, can support you by providing evidence that confirms engagement with an adviser during the period of a mitigation claim.
The majority of this process is managed by your Department and you are required to provide independent evidence to support the claim.
If flexible deadlines have been recommended as a reasonable adjustment, we advise that you speak to your module tutor first to check eligibility. The recommendation doesn’t specify how many extensions you can apply for or how long they should be, just that you don’t need to provide any medical evidence each time you apply.
If you've applied through Clearing and have a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) already in place but need to change your suppliers, you must contact your Needs Assessor as soon as possible.
You also need to contact your funding body to inform them of your change of institution. You can see how to do this for Student Finance EnglandLink opens in a new window and Student Funding WalesLink opens in a new window.
Screenings are held by our Disability Advisers, and most commonly take place face to face at the University. Screenings are not diagnostic in nature but they are a helpful opportunity to reflect on any difficulties you might have experienced for a while, to discuss their impact on your learning and to explore options going forward.
The Disability Adviser can offer support with this process and can help with any decisions you may make. The team can offer screening for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ADD and Autism.
If you have other specific accommodation requirements, please check the Accommodation websiteLink opens in a new window for further information.
Applicants with personal care needs (i.e., assistance with daily living tasks such as showering, getting dressed, meal preparation, washing, shopping etc.) are advised to make arrangements prior to commencing their studies and ensure they have secured sufficient funding to cover the cost of those arrangements.
The University provides academic enabling support but does not offer personal care support/assistance and cannot cover any related costs.
Accommodation for personal carers can be provided by arrangement in the same block the student will be allocated to. Students are responsible to cover any costs relating to their accommodation and that of their carers, but they can apply for the En-Suite On-Campus Accommodation Subsidy for their room as well as their carers' accommodation.
Home fee-paying applicants are advised to contact their home area Social Services Department to request a community assessment to discuss a suitable care package which could include provision and funding for a resident or visiting personal carer.
International applicants are advised to contact UK based personal care agencies prior to coming to University to discuss their needs and any related costs. Care agency assessments and availability of carers varies, therefore, applicants are strongly advised to start making these arrangements and securing funding well in advance.
There are some external organisations that depending on eligibility could offer assistance towards personal care costs. Those include the Snowdon TrustLink opens in a new window and the Student Health AssociationLink opens in a new window.
The Disability Team will facilitate any personal care arrangements students make as much as possible by assisting with accommodation allocations, inductions and Health and Safety procedures.
If you have several assignments due at the same time and you're thinking of applying for an extension for all of them, this would need to be discussed with your personal or senior tutor.
Exam boards run throughout the year and this is managed by your Department. Please contact your UG/PG team with any questions.
If you're invited for an interview it is important to let your department know of your requirements in advance. This might involve providing sign language interpreters, or people to meet and escort you around campus if required, any additional time for breaks, any accessibility requirements, etc.
After submitting your accommodation application, the Disability Team will confirm what you have been supported for.
Any further questions about your application or when you will have your accommodation choice confirmed need be sent to the Accommodation Team, at accommodation at warwick dot ac dot uk.