Learning Support Service

We are here to help students across the University who have a range of additional support needs. We support students in a number of ways and are committed to providing inclusive education in a safe and positive environment. Our service has a growing reputation and we're delighted to have associations with key organisations such as Action for Blind People, North East Autism Society and ESPA University.
At present there are five support teams within the Learning Support Service (LSS) dedicated to assisting students across the University:

◦Autism and Asperger Syndrome support team
◦Dyslexia support team
◦Learning Difficulties and Physical Disabilities support team
◦Mental Health and Wellbeing support team
◦Sensory Support Team
Additionally the service has an Assistive Technology team and Transcription Service available to provide adapted learning materials, specialist equipment, software and training to students with additional support needs.
Each team can provide tailored support to our students which may include:

◦Guidance on your choice of course, advice on what opportunities are available and we can help you with enrolment.
◦A Learning Support Assistant (LSA) to help you inside or outside the classroom, or support you with things like research, assignments or private study.
◦Group support in the classroom.
◦Discrete support in the classroom.
◦Note-takers or readers.
◦Mentoring sessions.
◦Special Examination Considerations such as extra time, readers, scribe or a separate room.
◦Technical support from Central Support staff and the loan of technical equipment.
◦An Assistive Technology Suite brimming with modern accessibility technology.
◦Access to specialist support.