Welcome Appointment

Note: You should allow up to one hour for this appointment.

What happens?

The purpose of the Welcome Appointment is to help you explore whether there are sufficient indicators to suggest that you may have a SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulty). The assessment is informal and will not provide a conclusive diagnosis.

Your appointment will be with a SpLD Advisor, who will ask you about your learning experiences, explore any indicators of SpLD and introduce the support available through the team.

From the information that you provide during the Welcome Appointment, the SpLD Adviser will highlight any indicators, to support you in making a decision whether to  take the next step in the assessment process, which would be to have a formal Diagnostic Assessment.

Before attending the Welcome Appointment you will be asked to complete a referral form that contains some questions to support the assessment. Please complete and return this in order to book your Welcome Appointment. This form will be sent to you electronically for you to complete and return. The form is also available in paper format, on request.

Diagnostic Assessment

The Diagnostic Assessment identifies individual strengths and challenges that may be linked to Specific Learning Disabilities (SpLD) and meets the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) funding body criteria.

  • It will be carried out by an approved assessor
  • The assessment will take up to 2.5 hours
  • A full report will be emailed to you; allow 2 weeks for this

The cost of the assessment is subsidised by the university; you are asked to pay £100.00 towards the cost prior to assessment.


Download our SpLD What happens Next – Assessment process 2018 for more information about the assessment process.