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Do you face barriers in the way you access teaching and learning and everyday living? 

Many students have medical conditions or impairments which can impact upon university life.  If you have a medical condition or impairment which is classified as a ‘disability’, then Disability Services can help to put in place various forms of support to help with your studies and everyday life. You may even be eligible to apply for funding to pay for additional support.  However it can be hard to know what is considered to be a 'disability’ and this may not be a label that you identify with; nevertheless you may be eligible for support. 

Disabilities include a wide range of situations from specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, medical conditions such as sensory loss, epilepsy and diabetes to mental health difficulties, such as depression.  You don't have to accept the label 'disability', but it can be used as a way to get support.  The types of support you may be eligible for may include adaptations to study materials and procedures, flexible assessment arrangements, examination adjustments, specialist equipment and access to support workers.  ‘Disclosure’ of disability is a key part of the process of ensuring appropriate support and equality.  You will need to provide some medical evidence as part of this process; Disability Services can advise you about this process.


Disability Support is part of Student Based Services. The University has been developing services for students in this area for over 20 years and aims to help all prospective and current students who have a disability.

We provide information and advice on:

  • Planning for university life and study
  • Disability Policy
  • Dyslexia specific and general study support
  • Accessibility issues
  • Disabled Student Allowances (DSA) and other funding
  • Adapted exams
  • Assessment centre
  • Study aids and strategies assessments

We work alongside disabled students from the first enquiry or visit before students arrive, through their course and on to the job application process. We also co-ordinate developments across the University to enable teaching and other staff to think around all kinds of accessibility issues. Lancaster University also has a wider range of wellbeing and support services beyond the Disability Service. For further information can be found here.


How to Contact Us

General Enquiries:
Telephone: +44 (0)1524 592111

Drop-in Sessions:
Drop-in sessions run throughout term-time. You can come along any time during the hourly Drop-in for quick enquiries with a Disability Advisor.  Ask at The Base for current Drop-in times.

One-to-One Appointments:
We offer face-to-face and Virtual appointments with a Disability Advisor for more detailed enquiries.

  • Face-to-face appointments: book via The Base
  • Virtual appointments: Book via The Disability Service Moodle Page (current students only) or call 01524 592111 to book

Postal Address:

Disability Service, Student Wellbeing Services, University House, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW




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