Disclosing a Disability


Disclosing or sharing that you have a disability with the Inclusion Services Team means letting us know if you have a mental health condition, disability, long term illness and/or learning difference. The earlier you let us know the better, ideally before you start your course. However, you can contact us at any time during your studies.

It’s important to know that sharing your disability will not affect your current or future studies at Arden but will simply allow you to access the variety of different support options available to you throughout your time at University. 

Telling us about your disability will allow the Inclusion Services Team to:

  • Understand any barriers you may experience and offer individualised support
  • Put in place any reasonable adjustments you may need
  • Liaise with your academic lecturers and tutors about any support needs (with your consent)


How to tell us about a disability

Telling us about a mental health condition, disability or long-term health condition and/or learning difference is a simple and easy process. 

There are a few ways to let us know. You can:

  • Select the relevant option on your application to study at Arden (through UCAS or postgraduate application). This allows us to get in touch before the start of your course. 
  • Contact the Inclusion Services Team at inclusion@arden.ac.uk

Just so you know, when you share your disability via your application form, this is classed as confidential personal information and this is covered by the Data Protection Act. Any information that you disclose to the Inclusion Services Team concerning your disability will be treated confidentially as sensitive personal data per the Data Protection Act. This will only be shared with your permission and on a need-to-know basis where it will enable you to access support. 

If you choose not to tell us about your disability or long-term health condition you may not receive the support you are entitled to. Making reasonable adjustments will also be difficult as we may not be able to book accessible rooms for lectures and tutorials at short notice. 

We are always happy to have an informal conversation with you about potential barriers you may face before officially disclosing or sharing a disability with the Inclusion Services Team.

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