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Physical, hearing or visual impairment

We recognise that students with different types of physical, mobility, visual or hearing impairment may have very different needs and we strongly advise you contact us. You will be allocated a named adviser within the Disability Service who can provide on-going information, advice and guidance.

If you are applying to the University, we strongly advise you contact us to discuss your specific requirements. We can arrange an accessible tour of the campus including accessible accommodation.

  • General advice and support

    We will work with you to establish the support you require. This may include:

    • advice and guidance on the requirements of your course to help identify where difficulty may occur and how to accommodate this
    • liaison with your department regarding your impairment and adjustments they can make to help you access the course
    • advice on the assistance provided by student support workers
    • your named adviser can give you more information on learning support and examination arrangements
    • liaison with local agencies eg social services (if appropriate)
    • Possible further support via Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)

  • Physical and mobility impairment

    In addition to the general support available, we can also provide:

    Colchester Campus

    The Colchester Campus is largely accessible for most people with a mobility impairment. The teaching buildings are interconnected and as a result there are multiple lifts to all floors. The campus is built on the side of the hill so there are some slopes. The car parks are a little distance away from most of the main buildings. There is a large amount of residential accommodation on site.

    There is detailed information on physical access including Access Guides, information on parking and a step-free map of Colchester Campus.

    Loughton Campus

    The Loughton Campus consists of a number of different sites and buildings with variable and sometimes limited access. There is parking at Hatfields House. Your Student Services Hub can advise you on accommodation in the local area.

    Southend Campus

    The Southend Campus has accessible purpose built teaching facilities at the Gateway Building and learning space at The Forum. The ground floor of the Clifftown studios are accessible although first floor studios have no lift for access. Accommodation and public parking are a short distance from the buildings.

  • Hearing impairment

    In addition to the general support available, we can also provide:

    • liaison with Accommodation to provide a vibrating fire alarm for your room or facilities for an assistive dog
    • information on how to access the audio induction loop system available via the Audio Visual Services helpdesk
    • liaison with local agencies to provide sign language interpreters or lip speakers
    • information on how to access to the University's Type Talk account which communicates with minicom users

  • Visual impairment

    In addition to the general support available, we can also provide:

    • information regarding accessible accommodation including facilities for guide dogs
    • information on physical access including orientation
    • advice and facilitate the transcription of course material into alternative formats

    Physical access

    The campuses are physically accessible and a Braille map is available of the Colchester Campus. Practical Support Assistants can provide an induction to the campus or we can liaise with provisional agencies to provide specialist orientation.

Your liaison officer

Student and adviser

Your department's Departmental Disability Liaison Officer can advise you about the support services at Essex as well as acting as a link between you and the Student Services Hub.

Financial support

Students walking to Ivor Crewe lecture hall

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

Three students talking

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.

Student Services Hub

Lecturer and student

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.