What to expect
Please declare your disability on your UCAS form or postgraduate application when you apply to University. The University can use this information to contact you before arrival to get the appropriate evidence from you, and to make sure support is in place when you start.
Please note - without a declaration of your condition on your application, the Disability Service will not be aware of your condition and this will delay the implementation of any support plan until you get in touch with us. This includes postgraduate applicants who may have previously studied at Lancaster as an undergraduate - any previous support is not automatically transferred to your PG course.
If you have not already declared you can register online to let us know about your disability.
The disability registration for 2020 starters is now closed. (If you are a current, registered Lancaster student, please instead go to our Current Student registration page.) The 2021 applicants registration link will be available on this page around February 2021.
We will ask you to register to provide us with information and appropriate evidence of your condition (see below) which we will then use to produce an Inclusive Learning and Support Plan (ILSP). Please be sure to check your emails for any correspondence from us. It can be difficult for students when moving to university as evidence that has been acceptable in school or college does not always meet the criteria required to make adjustments at university. For example, the University is unable to accept reports from school support coordinators, SENs or exam board access arrangements as evidence of a disability or the need for specific adjustments. The ILSP explains your disability and makes recommendations about academic support from your department. We will ask you to view, approve and agree to share your ILSP with the relevant staff in order to put support in place. Your ILSP is a living document, and you can ask us to update it if your needs change.
You may also be invited in for a Lancaster Support review (LSR) in order to look at what other provision you may find helpful in supporting your academic studies.
If you are a UK student, when you apply for Student Finance you can also apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). DSA is a UK government fund that pays for some support for disabled students. This might include assistive technology, a specialist mentor, or a contribution towards other disability-related costs. DSA is assessed on your individual needs, and you will need to attend an assessment to determine the most appropriate support.