Specific learning difficulties (SpLD)

The Disability Team provides a confidential support service for disabled students, including individuals who have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or AD(H)D. We advise on reasonable adjustments and communicate the support that has been recommended to other University Services and Academic Schools.  Please email disability@st-andrews.ac.uk if you would like to discuss your support requirements with a member of the disability and SpLD team. Generally, adjustments to teaching and examinations can be put in place for students who have a diagnostic assessment report that has been prepared by an Educational Psychologist or Specialist SpLD Assessor (preferably carried out post-16). Where diagnostic information is unavailable, please provide any supporting documentation relating to your academic needs, such as previous accommodations at school, college or other University.

Screening and assessment

We do encourage you to get in touch to if you think you may have a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) or wish to discuss any SpLD related matter.

You can make an appointment to speak with a Specific Learning Difficulties Adviser by emailing disability@st-andrews.ac.uk, and an adviser will get back to you.

Students who have a specific learning difficulty and are ordinarily resident in the UK may be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). The Disability Team can offer guidance on the process and help with applications.  Further information regarding DSA is available from your respective funding authority:

If you decide not to apply for DSA, or are not eligible for it, the Disability Team will still be able to advise you on what support is available to you so please get in touch with us.