Dyslexia is a neurological difference which mainly affects a person’s ability to develop the skills for accurate, fluent reading and spelling through difficulties with processing speed and working memory.

Many people who have dyslexia have strong visual, creative and problem-solving skills and while dyslexia is not linked to intelligence it can make learning challenging.

Each person with dyslexia will experience it in a way that is unique to them and as such will have their own set of abilities and challenges. According to the , it is estimated that approximately 9-12% of the world population experience some degree of dyslexia.

How can the University support you?

Before you start your studies we can:

  • provide advice on Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
  • advise on the diagnostic evidence you will need to provide in order to access support.

Depending on an assessment of your specific needs, either by a DSA assessor or a disability advisor, support could include:

    • providing advice on applying for and accessing your DSA
    • liaising with your department about reasonable adjustments to course delivery to meet your individual needs
    • arranging for extended library loans
    • arranging for 1-1 library inductions
    • access to the Maths Learning Support Centre
    • examination and assessment adjustments
    • arranging for dyslexia awareness training to your department
    • access to some assistive software on the University IT systems
    • provision of mentoring or study support skills which might include:
      • reading strategies 
      • analysing questions
      • structuring written work
      • note-taking strategies
      • exam revision techniques
      • memory techniques and exercises
      • time management strategies
      • proof-reading strategies

What to do next?

If you are an Applicant:

Please complete the and upload your diagnostic paperwork in line with the University evidence policy.

If you are a Current Student:

You can contact us via our accessing support page. An Advisor will review your submission and advise on the next steps to access support.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I have recently had an assessment for dyslexia, how can I access support for my studies?

Please email your diagnostic paperwork in line with the University evidence policy to studentinclusion@lboro.ac.uk

An Advisor will review your submission and advise on the next steps to access support.

Should I wait until I start university to get a dyslexia assessment?

We strongly encourage you to have the appropriate assessment done before your studies begin and upload the report into the .

This will allow us more time to prepare the support you need and to make sure this is available to you at the very start of your studies.

How do I know if I have support already in place at University for my dyslexia?

You can check all your approved support here via the disability tab in your self-service portal.

Last Updated: 1st December 2023