This is not defined within legislation.
There are no national procedures or conditions however, in order for a disabled student to receive support required to undertake their course, they will receive a Needs Assessment undertaken by a qualified individual appointed by their university. This will assess the individual needs of the student, taking into account their disability. It will also assess the type of support and/or equipment needed for the study to undertake their studies, and also what reasonable adjustments could be made to facilitate this.
In order to apply for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) from Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), students will receive a Needs Assessment (referenced above) which will provide evidence to support their DSA claim. The student is also required to obtain diagnostic evidence to confirm their circumstances, including details of their disability.
The public sector Equality Duty came into effect across the UK in 2011. It means that public bodies, including colleges and universities, have to consider all individuals when carrying out their day-to-day work – in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees.
It also requires that public bodies have due regard to the need to:
- eliminate discrimination
- advance equality of opportunity
- foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.
Colleges and universities should therefore continually anticipate and address the general requirements of disabled people with a wide range of impairments and health conditions (e.g. ensure that facilities have appropriate wheelchair access for staff and students).
Disabled students can receive support from the Higher Education Institution they choose to attend. All institutions provide a wide range of specialist support, provision and guidance for students with disabilities. Full details can be found on each university website. Follow the link to the institutions’ overview.
The Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) is a non-income assessed allowance to cover any extra costs or expenses students might incur while studying, which arise because of their disability. This grant is administered by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). Further information can be found on the SAAS website.
See the UUKi campaign Go International for a good practice on Inclusive Mobility.
No specific additional grant or support is made available for local students with disabilities going abroad.
The Students Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) administers student finance in line with established procedures. Payments are made directly to students.
Incoming students with a disability can access support services for disabled students in the same way as home domiciled students. Each university offers the same service for all disabled students.
International students coming to Scotland are not able to access public grants.