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Disability Resource Centre

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) offers guidance, information and support, and is an essential contact for disabled applicants and/or applicants with a Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term health condition. The DRC supports individuals with an impairment/disability, or long term health condition, including those with:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties (including dyslexia and dyspraxia)
  • physical/mobility impairments and injuries (including wheelchair users and upper limb disorder/RSI)
  • sensory impairments (eg hearing, visual)
  • mental health difficulties (eg depression, anxiety disorder)
  • long-term illnesses/health conditions (eg cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, diabetes, epilepsy)
  • Asperger syndrome, autism and ADHD

If you’re considering Cambridge, you’re advised to get in touch with the DRC and a College admissions office as early as possible to discuss your application and specific requirements.We strongly recommend that you indicate your disability and provide any relevant information in your UCAS application. Such disclosures are looked at separately from academic assessment and allow us, for example, to make appropriate adjustments to the interview process, if needed. If a particular College meets your specific requirements we recommend that you apply to that College rather than make an open application.

Location and accessibility

Students are based in Colleges for day-to-day living and go to a faculty/department for lectures, practical work etc. Therefore, we encourage you to visit before applying to assess the suitability of your intended College and department, including their locations relative to each other.

The DRC’s online Disability Access Guide is a useful starting point for information regarding facilities and accessibility.

Study and academic support

With your agreement, the DRC liaises with relevant University and College staff before you start to ensure that appropriate support requirements are established. If you require support workers such as note-takers, specialist one-to-one study skills tutors or mentors, the Non-Medical Help (NMA) Scheme may be able to help.

The DRC holds a range of specialist equipment that students with a disability can borrow to support their learning. Please contact the DRC to discuss your requirements and if there may be anything available to you through the loan pool.

Examination access arrangements

If you require specific arrangements for examinations (such as additional time, someone to write on your behalf and/or use of a computer), the DRC Team can advise how to organise such arrangements via your College Tutorial Office. Please note that arrangements at university may differ to those in place at school/college.

Exam access arrangements are based on medical evidence, or on a full diagnostic report written by an Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher. Please contact the DRC for advice about what evidence is required.

Support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) including dyslexia and dyspraxia

If you have a SpLD you must have a current diagnostic assessment report as evidence for obtaining appropriate adjustments.

Information and advice about diagnostic assessments is available from the DRC’s SpLD Team and on the DRC website.

Financial support

Currently, UK students can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of their support costs. It’s important that you begin the application process for DSAs as soon as possible to ensure any available support is in place for the start of term. 

In addition, there are specific University funds that disabled students from the UK, EU and overseas may apply for (see the DRC website for details). The DRC can advise offer-holders on appropriate funding applications. Further information on financial support for disabled students is available on the DRC website.

Alternative formats

If you would like some of the information from any of our publications in an alternative format (eg large print), please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office to discuss your requirements.

Supporting Disabled Students

Disabled Student Applications

Meet Disabled Students at Cambridge

Alison's Experience

Jono, History

Sophie, Natural Sciences

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