Student Support Unit

Specific Learning Difficulties

Find out what help you can get if you're a student with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia or AD(H)D.

The Student Support Unit offers a confidential service to prospective and registered students who either have or suspect they have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

This includes DyslexiaDyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia and AD(H)D.

There are three Dyslexia Advisors who advise students with a range of Specific Learning Difficulties.

Information is only shared with the student's written consent. All students who register at the Student Support Unit with a SpLD will be allocated to one of the Dyslexia Advisors.

How to get help if you have a Specific Learning Difficulty 

If you declared that you have a Specific Learning Difficulty when you applied to the University, you will receive an email about registration.

If you have a SpLD, you should register at the Student Support Unit.

You'll meet a dyslexia advisor.  If you have a post-16 Educational Psychologist’s report, or specialist teacher’s report, the dyslexia advisor can arrange support (reasonable adjustments), including exam arrangements, at the University.

If you don’t have a current report you will receive advice on how to arrange an assessment.

You will also be advised about funding for UK students (Disabled Students’ Allowance) and funding for International students. 

The Dyslexia Advisor can also provide information about study support and other support services available at the University. 

What to do if you think you have a Specific Learning Difficulty and are struggling with your studies 

Contact the Student Support Unit to make an appointment with a Dyslexia Advisor. 

The Advisor will discuss the difficulties that you are having and carry out an informal screening. 

We can arrange for you to have an Educational Psychologist’s assessment (EP assessment) and advise on the cost for this assessment. 

Once you have been assessed, your Dyslexia Advisor will:

  • go through the report with you
  • discuss the support recommended in the report
  • arrange any required reasonable adjustments
  • advise on funding for extra support including specialist one-to-one support with a Learning Support Tutor.  

The dyslexia advisor can also provide information about study support and other support services available at the University. 

Contact us

Contact the Student Support Unit.

Contact

Student Support Unit
Ground Floor
Bramber House
Refectory Road
BN1 9QU
T 01273 877466
E studentsupport@sussex.ac.uk
Location:

Reception Opening Times: 
9am - 5pm Monday to Wednesday & Friday
9am - 4pm Thursday