University of Manchester - DSA QAG Accredited Assessment Centre

Accessing a study needs assessment

There has been a nationwide change to how the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) assessments are being delivered, which will affect the way you access this service and as a consequence, UMAC has had to cease operations

To access a study needs assessment, you will need to contact your funding body for advice (such as Student Finance England or Wales)

Whilst we are no longer able to carry out these assessments, we can assist you to navigate the process. University of Manchester students can contact:
• 0161 275 7512

If you’re a student at another University, we’d advise you contact your disability service

What is a Study Needs Assessment?

It’s just a chat. Whilst the name can sound intimidating, it’s really just a structured conversation to find out what your needs are and what kind of support will suit you best.

It’s not a test and you're not there to prove your disability - Study Needs Assessments are only offered to people who have already been approved for funding. Our assessors are there as independent experts, using their skills and knowledge to advise you on the best options and to make recommendations to the funding body.

Your assessor will explain any appropriate equipment or software to you and you may be given a chance to try things out. They'll talk to you about 1:1 and travel support if that’s what you need. Their job is to help you find the right support for you and your needs.

I think I need an assessment - how do I get one?

First, you'll need to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances. If you're eligible, your funding body will then tell you how to access an assessment.

How long will my assessment take?

Study Needs Assessments normally take up to two hours, but each one is different, so it’s best to make sure that you allow plenty of time for your appointment.