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My son/daughter has a long-term/serious medical condition. Should they tell you about it?

Tara Matthew
2017-10-04 12:14

Whilst it is by no means obligatory for students to tell us about medical conditions either at the point of application or at any stage during their time at the University, we believe that doing so is a positive step.

Please encourage your son/daughter to make contact with the University’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS) in order to discuss his/her medical condition and whether s/he requires or would benefit from any academic support.

Students are sometimes concerned about disclosing medical information to academic departments, and it is important to note that the DDSS is a completely confidential service; the staff there will not pass on any information to a department relating to a student’s medical condition without his/her express consent.

You are also welcome to talk to the University’s Student Support and Guidance team.


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