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Support for autistic students

We know that the university environment can sometimes be a challenging place for autistic students. Whether you have a formal diagnosis or not, we may be able to provide some support to you.

Help with applying for support funding

Disability & Learner Support can provide advice on how you may be able to apply for funding to access extra support to help with your studies. Depending on your needs, there are different types of support that may be put in place.

To have a chat with an adviser on what this might mean for you, contact Disability & Learner Support on:

T: 0161 295 0023 (option 1, then option 2)


Or make an appointment.

Calm Rooms

Sometimes, you might need to find a quiet space that you can go to for a chance to manage some of the stress and anxiety you might experience because of the environment around you.

There is a dedicated space in Allerton building for students on the autistic spectrum to access, when you need a quiet space. Another room is being planned for the Peel Park campus.

If you think the Calm Room is a space that might be beneficial to you, contact Disability & Learner Support to find out how access is given:

T: 0161 295 0023 (option 1, then option 2)


Evening Groups

The Evening Group has been set up so that students on the autistic spectrum have a safe space to make connections with other students. The first groups will be in April 2019, on Monday evenings between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.Those who attend the group will decide what the activities are that happen each week, the group will be supported by a member of Disability & Learner Support.

Find out more about what to expect at the evening group.

Advice Sessions

Sometimes it can be helpful to have someone to talk through challenges with, to signpost you to other services or to provide advice on topics related to your study or to your life at university.

Sessions will be available to book on Wednesday afternoons beginning in late April.

Supporting Autistic Students Working Group

A working group is being formed consisting of students on the spectrum and staff who are working with autistic students at the university. The group will meet on a monthly basis to review provision and be involved in the development of new provision or strategies.  

If you would be interested in being part of this group, please contact Julia Lumb, for more information.