Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST)
Who is ASSIST?
Our Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST) works with students with disabilities to help achieve their full potential and to promote equal opportunities. 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.
ASSIST provides support for students with:
- physical impairments
- sensory impairments
- mental health difficulties
- medical conditions, for example epilepsy
- Autistic spectrum disorders
- specific learning difficulties, for example dyslexia
Our team provides a range of services, including support and guidance for dyslexia, autism, epilepsy and other conditions for all new and current students, staff and parents.
Register with ASSIST
You can register with ASSIST by visiting our online registration page.
Drop-in Sessions (term-time only)
The ASSIST drop-in runs each Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (term-time only) between 11am and 1pm in LH009, which is situated behind the Student Information Desk in the Learning Hub.
You don’t need to be registered with ASSIST to attend our drop-in. If you would like to speak to a member of ASSIST about what support is available at this time, or you are encountering a difficulty with your studies, book a slot to have a confidential one-to-one discussion with a member of the team. You might be registered already and just want to check in with us for a chat and to let us know how you are getting on. Whatever the reason, we look forward to speaking with you.
Find what we can help with and resources below:
We can provide you with a range of services and support 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
- Study Assistance
- note-taking support
- autism taster days for new students
Information for Staff
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.
The University of Northampton is an epilepsy friendly organisation, as part of the scheme previously run by Young Epilepsy UK. This means that we are working to ensure that ASSIST staff are informed of the difficulties faced by students with epilepsy, as well as the support we can provide.