What is ASSIST?

The University’s Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST) works to promote equal opportunities and help disabled students to achieve their full potential.

ASSIST provides support for students with:

  • physical impairments
  • sensory impairments
  • mental health difficulties
  • medical conditions
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • specific learning difficulties, for example dyslexia

ASSIST provide a range of services to support students throughout their studies at the University of Northampton.  This includes a variety of dyslexia and other disability-related guidance for:

  • new and current students, including part-time, postgraduate and international students, as well as distance learners and students at partner colleges
  • colleagues who may be supporting students, including those at partner colleges
  • parents and other key stakeholders

If you are a member of staff and require similar disability-related guidance and support associated with your workplace, GOV.UK provides information about Access to Work. Alternatively, a useful step-by-step guide is available for employees and employers at Your Access to Work.

Our aim

ASSIST aims to enable students to access all aspects of university life, take control of their learning and develop the skills needed for employment. This is underpinned by a commitment to accessibility and respect for confidentiality.   We have a variety of formal documents that underpin our service; these are contained within the formal documents section.

Support we offer

We provide you with a range of services and support to help you with your studies, including:

  • guidance and advice from our disability advisors
  • helping you in your interactions with your academic tutors
  • dyslexia screenings
  • personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs)
  • deaf pagers for use on campus and in Halls of residence
  • exam arrangements for disabled students
  • Academic Inclusion Reports (AIRs) detailing the nature of the difficulties and recommendations for reasonable adjustments and inclusive support
  • priority status applications for halls of residence
  • specialist study skills support
  • specialist mentoring support
  • advice about specialist grants and help with DSA application
  • referrals to other university services and departments when appropriate
  • priority parking permits for disabled students on campus