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Supporting Disabled Students

9% of students are affected with a disability and the main categories within this are dyslexia, dyspraxia and mental health issues. 

Over 800 students at Royal Holloway have a disability, affecting them in a variety of ways. Our Disability and Dyslexia Service is ensuring all our students, irrespective of their circumstances, are supported during their time at university and have equal access to further education.

In addition to the investment provided by the College there has also been governmental support for disabled students in the form of the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This is a non means tested allowance to fund resources needed by disabled students at university as a result of having an impairment. From September 2016 the government is cutting the DSA and as a result, Royal Holloway will need to take ‘primary responsibility’ for many areas of support. Most importantly we will need to ensure that all students continue to receive equal access to education.

Royal Holloway is committed to ensuring that disabled students who choose to study here do not lose out as a result of the cuts to DSA funding. Therefore we will be investing £150,000 to support disabled students in the next academic year. However, as a charity ourselves, we are looking to raise an additional £150,000 so that disabled students are not put at a substantial disadvantage compared to their non‐disabled peers. Funds will provide laptops, support with note taking, recording lectures, study skills support and mentoring.

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Abigail, BSc Psychology

‘The Disability and Dyslexia services at Royal Holloway have really helped me settle into university. They have helped me become an individual I never thought I could be. From help with my DSA application, arranging reasonable adjustments for my exams to organising social groups for individuals, like myself, with any form of disability, they are always there.


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