Why would a university want to know this information?

Wherever possible, the university or college will try to meet a student’s individual support needs – the information you give on your application will help them do this. The earlier you tell them about a condition or impairment, the sooner they will be able to make the arrangements, ready for your arrival.  

Some universities and colleges use this information to assist you during the application process (e.g. to access interviews, auditions, entrance exams). Contact the disability adviser, mental health adviser, or student support team to discuss any adjustments or support you may need.

UK universities and colleges have a legal responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to support students with physical or mental health conditions, learning differences, and long-term illnesses to access higher education. By telling the university or college about your circumstances, you are taking a positive step towards being an independent and successful student. Remember that support is provided to ensure you have a fair chance to do well in your studies.

No information about an impairment or condition will be used to make a decision about your application – in fact, it would be unlawful to do so, under the Equality Act 2010. Find out more about the Equality Act 2010 from Disability Rights UK.

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