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Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties

Student Services Hub

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Our team of advisers are based within your Student Services Hub and can provide information, advice and guidance on a range of topics from accommodation and funding to exam stress and wellbeing. Drop us a line or pay us a visit.

Advice and support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia is available from your Student Services Hub.

You will need to supply a copy of the report that confirms your diagnosis. If you do not have a diagnosis or a copy of the report, we can help to arrange an assessment for dyslexia.

Support available

Once we have evidence of your SpLD you may be able to access the following support:

If you would like us to notify your department of adjustments for your difficulties, please complete the consent to disclose information form, which can be found in My Essex under the heading 'Your wellbeing' (login required).

Dyslexia assessments

  • Getting an assessment

    If you think you may have dyslexia or an SpLD, or if you were referred by your tutor, please contact us to discuss. We'll talk about your experiences of education and what you consider are your strengths and weaknesses. We can explain the assessment process and answer any questions you might have about assessment or see the BDA Checklist for further information.

    Assessment process

    If after the discussion it's felt you would benefit from a formal assessment, we can arrange this for you on campus. We can arrange assessments up to the end of the Spring Term (week 25). We don't arrange assessments during the Summer Term or during vacation periods. We will ask you to complete a questionnaire to give us more information about the areas where you struggle. Please return this to us with your payment. There is usually a short wait for an assessment (depending on availability this can be up to two months). We will contact you when we have a time available.

    The assessment usually takes between two-three hours. The assessor will be friendly and helpful and you should not worry about going to see them.

    Assessment costs

    You will need to pay £45. You can pay online or by cash in person at your Student Services Hub.

    You are likely to be eligible for a bursary to meet the remainder of the assessment costs (approximately £265), if you qualify for all of the following criteria:

    • UK student
    • registered as studying full-time or more than 50% part-time
    • be on a course lasting more than 30 weeks
    • have more than two months remaining of your current course

    If you are not eligible for this bursary please contact us about funding/arranging an assessment.

    The assessor will write a report with the findings. We will meet to discuss the conclusions and any support that has been recommended.

  • Previous assessments

    If you had your dyslexia assessment done before you were 16 years old, show us a copy of your assessment report and discuss with us which services you hope to access. We can advise if this is adequate or whether you need another assessment.

  • Independent assessments

    If you want an assessment outside the University, you will be responsible for the cost (usually £300 - £400). We advise you to select an educational psychologist or specialist teacher who is used to testing adults. For further information on assessors contact the British Psychological Society or the British Dyslexia Association.

Academic support

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Once you are registered with the Student Services Hub, we can help to put in place support and arrangements for your day to day studies and exams. Find out what academic and learning support you could be eligible to receive.

Financial support

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You may be eligible to apply for funding to help cover the costs incurred for additional support and resources as a result of your diagnosed disability or mental health condition. Find out what financial support could be available to you.

Groups and workshops

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Our groups and workshops are designed to support you through the demands of academic life. Our students often say they find it beneficial to be part of a group where other people are experiencing similar difficulties.

Managing exam anxiety

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It is natural to feel nervous before an exam. However, if your nerves are causing anxiety and affecting your ability to concentrate or perform then speak to our advisers who can provide techniques on how to manage your exam anxiety.