Disability Advisory Service

We welcome applications from students with disabilities, including mental health conditions, long term illnesses, an autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). Our admissions decisions are based on academic merit alone and our Disability Advisory Service currently has over 4,000 students registered. Over 1,000 of these students have declared a specific learning difficulty (SpLD). 

Read on to find out more about how and when to disclose disabilities, the support that we offer, and the experiences of our students.


You are encouraged to tell the University about your disability as early as possible, ideally as soon as you have received an offer, if you have a disability, specific learning difficulty (SpLD) or long term physical or mental health condition. This is so that you can benefit more quickly from the full range of support available. However, you can contact us at any point during your studies. A disclosure will not affect academic review of your work or application.

What Support is Available?

There are a wide range of individual adjustments and study support available for disabled students, and the DAS will help you determine what support is appropriate for you at Oxford. In order to do so the DAS will:

  • Discuss your experiences and expectations with you
  • Review your evidence of disability
  • Consider your current course of study

Who can we support?

The DAS facilitates access to study for all students with a disability which meets the Equality Act (2010) criteria. This includes students with, for example:

  • A sensory impairment such as those affecting sight or hearing
  • A mobility impairment
  • A musculoskeletal condition such as arthritis
  • A long-term health condition including those of a fluctuating or progressive nature
  • A long-term mental health condition such as depression or an eating disorder
  • A specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD
  • A social or communication difficulty such as an autism spectrum condition

 A person is considered disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial ('more than minor or trivial') and long-term (lasting or likely to last 12 months or more) adverse effect on their ability to do normal daily activities. Some conditions like Cancer, HIV and Multiple Sclerosis are included immediately from initial diagnosis. Study activities, including examinations, fall under daily activity.

Students with disabilities talk about their experiences at Oxford

At Oxford, over 4,000 students have declared a disability. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments and addressing individual support. These short videos give an impression of the experiences of a small selection of our students.

You can send your questions about the Disability Advisory Service to disability@admin.ox.ac.uk, and we’d be happy to answer your questions about the University or Admissions over on www.ox.ac.uk/ask

FAQ based on questions asked at the July 2020 Virtual Open Days

Care-Experienced Students

If you have spent three months or more in care, you should know that the University of Oxford has a range of additional support available for you, from managing your application process and receiving your offer, through to personalised on-course support and generous financial assistance.

In order for us to make sure that you have access to the support that you need, you should let us know by indicating on your UCAS application that you have spent time in care.  Understanding your experience in care will allow us to get the appropriate support in place quickly, and will also help us consider your application, alongside other contextual data that we gather for all students from the UK.  You can read on our website about how we use contextual data for further details about what information we consider.

Financial Support

Care leavers will be eligible to receive up to £7,200 per year in non-repayable bursary support from the University of Oxford, provided your household income is assessed as £27, 500 or less by your Student Finance Agency, which will be the case for the majority of Care leavers (where assessment is typically based on your own income).  This support comes through the Crankstart Scholarship which will automatically be offered to all qualifying students, and the Care Leavers and Estranged Students Bursary, which will you be invited to apply for once you have started your course —all you need to do is fill out your Student Finance application and household income assessment

Additional financial support is available through the Oxford Travel Supplement, which helps cover the cost of travelling to your place of residence outside of term time, and the Student Support Fund, available to help you manage any unexpected shortfall in your finances.

Personalised Support

The University’s college system means that you will be a part of a smaller community within the University of Oxford.  Your college will be able to offer you a range of personalised support to meet your specific needs, including assistance with year-round accommodation, early move-in, or storage for your belongings while you travel.

Further support is available through the University’s Counselling Service, the Careers Service, including additional support specifically for Crankstart Scholars, and through the Disability Advisory Service, which supports applicants and students with disabilities, including specific learning difficulties, mobility or sensory impairments, and long-term health conditions.

Get in Touch

Because the needs and concerns of care experienced students vary widely, you probably have some questions about your own unique circumstances.  Whether you are considering applying to Oxford yourself or supporting a care experienced young person who might be interested, please contact Alexandra Lyons at care@admin.ox.ac.uk for advice and guidance.  You can also connect with individual Oxford colleges to hear more information about what types of individual support they may be able to offer.

Student Welfare And Support

There are a number of services available to provide support to you during your studies at the University. Advice is available from your college, department, central University services, fellow students and the Student Union.

The Student Union has put together a list of resources which our students are able to access.

For more information on welfare and wellbeing at the University, please visit our website.


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Language Centre

The Language Centre is the University's home for all students and staff who want to improve their language skills. They offer teaching across 11 modern languages and Academic English - from intensive short courses to in-depth three-term programmes, and from daytime to evening to suit your schedule. Find out more about the Language Centre here.

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Choral And Organ Awards

Oxford's college chapels provide outstanding opportunities for participating in liturgical music as well as offering exceptional performance, touring and recording experience. Many colleges offer awards to singers and organists who contribute to this aspect of college life.

Find out more about the Choral and Organ Awards by watching the videos below.

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Continuing Education

The Department of Continuing Education offers more than 1,000 part-time courses and award programmes for adult learners of all ages from across the globe. We welcome more than 15,000 students to the Department each year. They range in age from 18 to 95, and come from 160+ countries.

For more than 140 years, the Department has been providing lifelong-learners with access to the Oxford teaching and learning. We now offer more than 60 flexibly delivered award and degree programmes each year, over 90 online classes, more than 200 professional development courses and hundreds of short open access courses. These are offered both face-to-face in Oxford and online; courses take place in the daytime, evenings and weekends. 

Find out more: www.conted.ox.ac.uk, or email us at: enquiries@conted.ox.ac.uk