No matter where you are in your academic journey, our dedicated support team are committed to providing an accessible and inclusive study environment where you get the support you need.

Applying to SRUC if you have additional needs

SRUC is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and we welcome applications from prospective students with additional needs.

Letting us know of your disability or additional needs before applying to any course of study at SRUC is highly recommended because it gives us more time to investigate any reasonable adjustments to course content, assessment or facilities we can make. Disclosing any disability during the application process will not affect whether or not you are accepted at SRUC.

As with all applications, the overriding criteria in the selection process will be the applicant's ability to fulfill the academic requirements and benefit from the course. 

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Additional support during your studies

Our aim is to provide a supportive environment in which our facilities will be as accessible as possible, within the available resources.

Once you've accepted your offer from SRUC, please get in touch as soon as possible to let us know further details about your disability or additional support, health and mobility concerns, or mental health issues, whether or not you've told us about them before. You are also encouraged to let us know if you suspect you have a disability, at any time during your studies. In this case, we can help you with both assessment and support.

Please also let us know if you are care experienced or have caring responsibilities.

We have a dedicated support team but our aim is to have all students feel confident to approach any member of staff if they are worried, distressed or in difficulty of any form. All information will be given due respect and attention and will be acted on as appropriate. 

SRUC is experienced in working with students who tell us about a disability, health condition or additional support need. We help students who disclose:

  • A learning difference like neurodiversity e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D;
  • A visual impairment such as blindness or partial sight;
  • A hearing impairment such as deafness or partial hearing;
  • A long-term illness or health condition which may involve pain or cause fatigue, loss of concentration or breathing difficulties – including any effects from taking associated medication;
  • A mental health condition, challenge or disorder such as anxiety or depression;
  • A social, behavioural or communication impairment like an autistic spectrum condition or Tourette’s syndrome;
  • A physical impairment or challenges with mobility such as climbing stairs or uneven surfaces, or dexterity such as using a keyboard or laboratory equipment;
  • Other conditions or impairments that have a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Students who may require additional support during their time at SRUC are encouraged to discuss their needs with their campuses Study Support staff at the earliest opportunity (see contact details below). You will find the College's attitude and response positive and friendly. A meeting can be arranged in order to identify your individual needs and assess any adjustments and support you may require.

SRUC can also assist with the process of applying for additional financial help under the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), which may be available to HE students. Depending on the outcome of their assessment, DSA can provide equipment including computers, software, study skills support and other areas.

If we are aware of your needs we will help provide the appropriate support to allow you to fulfil your potential during your studies at SRUC. Any queries about DSA support or needs assessments (including dyslexia screening) should be directed to the contacts below. Copies of SRUC's Equality and Diversity policy are available in the library.

Study support campus contacts

SRUC Craibstone, Aberdeen, 01224 711000

SRUC Riverside, Ayr, 01292 886196

SRUC Barony, Dumfries -, 01387 86025101387 242902

SRUC Edinburgh and Glasgow, 0131 535 4490

SRUC Elmwood, Fife, 01334 658800

SRUC Oatridge, West Lothian, 01506 864800

Additional resources:

Lead Scotland

Lead Scotland is a national charity supporting disabled people and carers by providing personalised learning, befriending, advice and information services.

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Dyslexia Scotland

Empowering people with dyslexia to reach their full potential.

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Scottish Autism

We exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives and be recognised as valued members of the community they live in.

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