Dyslexia or Other SPLDs

At Edinburgh Napier University, we support a significant number of students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties.  

The exact type of support recommended may depend on your individual needs and circumstances.

Within the University, we can:

  • Assess your difficulties and support needs if you think you may have dyslexia or another specific learning difficulty, where you have not previously had any confirmation of a specific learning need
  • Discuss and arrange to provide the kind of broad support you have received in the past (where appropriate), if you already have established support needs

The information here is intended to give you an overview. Please ask if you would like further help or information.

Getting your support in place

We will normally look to match whatever support you have had at school or college.  If you have had a support plan in the past, it is always helpful if you can bring that to your first meeting with one of our Advisers.

If you think you have a specific learning difficulty but have never been assessed or diagnosed, email disabilityandinclusion@napier.ac.uk and book an appointment with an Adviser for an initial assessment. If necessary, you will be referred onto an Educational Psychologist/Specialist Assessor for a full diagnostic assessment. The Adviser will also discuss your support needs with you.

You can also discuss any concerns or queries you may have, provide information about helpful technology and other support available within the University and arrange to put any other appropriate learning support or adjustments in place for you.  Typically, you can access exam support, general support and if eligible, Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). All support is tailored to your specific needs.

Please come along to a drop–in session to find out more, view the information and resources available in the Study Skills Resource Hub  in Moodle or contact the disabilityandinclusion@napier.ac.uk to find out about appointment and drop-in times.

What kind of support is available?

The support we recommend will depend on your individual needs. Some examples of possible support are listed below.

Exam support

  • extra time
  • reader
  • scribe
  • use of a PC

To ensure you get support allowances on the exam day please follow the advice on this video.

General support

  • advice on technology support strategies
  • copies of lecture notes
  • study skills support
  • proof reader
  • permission to record lectures

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) funding support

DSA is specific funding for students diagnosed with specific learning difficulties, medical conditions or disabilities. The DSA is provided by your Student Funding Authority. For more information visit the DSA page.

Technology Support

A range of technology options are also available to support difficulties with reading, writing and general study skills. As a matriculated student you will have access to dyslexia friendly information and resources which are available on the University’s Moodle site under the Study Skills Resource Hub. The resources include help with visual stress, study strategies, short technology guides and much more.

The University also has an extensive range of support software available on the University Network which can be accessed through the ‘Study Tools’ folder under Core Applications. Training on any of the software programs is provided by our Assistive Technology Adviser.

Software includes:

  • MindView mind mapping software to help stimulate your thoughts and get your initial ideas down on ‘paper’
  • Dedicated support software such as ClaroRead to help with spelling, identifying homophones, referencing etc. These programs also include text-to-speech so you can listen to web pages, online journals etc. read aloud with quality voices
  • Google Chrome Extensions: we have carefully selected a variety of helpful Chrome extensions (and Apps) to help with reading, writing and study skills, e.g. EasyReader and Evernote Clearly to improve readability on webpages. One example to help with reading is SpeakIt! a free text-to-speech extension that works directly from within Google browser.
  • Access to the RNIB Bookshare library of high quality digital texts, both specialist course material and general reading.

Mobile Devices and Apps

We can provide guidance on how to make the most of your personal mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad or Android, i.e. the built-in accessibility features can make a big difference! If you’re looking for advice on specific apps then we can also advise on different apps to help with reading, writing, note taking, study skills and e-Books.

See further information on support technology.