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  Disabilities or Other Health Conditions

At Edinburgh Napier University we aim to provide a positive and supportive environment for all students.

​There are a many students studying at the University who have a range of disabilities or health conditions including

  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Wheelchair users and students with mobility problems
  • Students with mental health difficulties
  • Students with long standing illnesses or health conditions
  • Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Please contact one of the following Disability & Inclusion Advisers to discuss any support you may require.

Elise Gibbons, adviser for Edinburgh Napier University School of Health and Social Care and The Business School.

Jenny Hall, a
dviser for School of Arts & Creative Industries, School of Computing and School of Engineering and the Built Environment

General support

Depending on your individual needs and circumstances you may need general support, such as
  • copies of lecture notes
  • permission to record lectures
  • study skills support
  • student mentoring

You may also need support funded through Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). We can help you apply for this. You could have funding recommended for specialist equipment or software; a note taker, personal assistant or specialist support worker; one-to-one study skills support.

You may require support for exams, such as extra time, the use of a PC, enlarged text, an individual room or a British sign language interpreter. Take a look at our exam arrangements page for more information about contact details and deadlines for arrangements.

If you are not eligible for DSA funding, we will do our best to provide any support you need in other ways.

We may also need to discuss with you what emergency evacuation procedures would be appropriate so that a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) can be produced. If you are unable to exit from a building without help in an emergency (for example, if you have mobility difficulties), you will definitely need a PEEP. Please refer to your Head of School, if you feel you need a PEEP and this is not in place within 4 weeks of starting at the University.

Recording of learning & teaching activities

In March 2014, Edinburgh Napier University released a new policy for the recording of learning & teaching activities. Some students with a disability or specific learning need are entitled to record lectures as a ‘reasonable adjustment’ and if this is the case, you will have had a discussion with your adviser and have been given relevant information about this. 

The new policy outlines the University’s position about allowing all students to either aurally or visually record their classroom learning and teaching activities, including taking photographs.

The policy assumes that all future learning and teaching activities may be recorded, unless any specific restrictions apply. Where students already have an agreed entitlement to record lectures as a ‘reasonable adjustment’ (approved by the Disability & Inclusion Team), there is no change to the existing process for informing lecturers about your intention to record. However, ‘visual’ recording of lectures is now possible as well as ‘audio’ recording.


On occasions, there may be issues or concerns relating to specific circumstances; academic staff may advise that either all, or part of a lecture, cannot be recorded. For example if ‘intellectual property rights’ apply, if any confidential issues are being discussed involving matters that are personal or sensitive or where another student objects to being recorded in any activities personally involving them.

If restrictions apply to recording particular lectures, the onus is now on the lecturer concerned to provide materials in another format (i.e. audio transcript of lecture notes or detailed hand-outs) to ensure your agreed reasonable adjustments are taken into account.
For more information please refer to the Recording of Learning & Teaching Activities policy or contact | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App