Applicants with disabilities

We would like all applicants with strong academic potential to consider St Edmunds regardless of any disability they may have.  

At St Edmunds we are committed to providing the appropriate support for students with any disabilities, Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) long term health conditions or mental health conditions and injuries.  

The disability resource Center (DRC)  https://www.disability.admin.cam.ac.uk/ offers information, guidance and support to prospective students, applicants and current students. It provides a confidential and accessible service.  

The objectives of the DRC are to: 

  • Provide advice and guidance for prospective and current disabled students to enable them to access a wide range of service 
  • Develop and implement support programmes for disabled students to ensure equal opportunity, access and attainment 
  • Provide advice, guidance and training for University and College staff in meeting the institutions’ duties to disabled students within the context of disability equality legislation. 

The DRC supports individuals with any impairment/disability, medical matter or injury, including those with: 

  • Specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia, dyspraxia) 
  • Physical/mobility impairments and injuries (including wheelchair users, Upper Limb Disorder – also known as RSI) 
  • Sensory impairments (including hearing impairment, visual impairment) 
  • Mental health difficulties (including depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder) 
  • Long standing illnesses/health conditions (including cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, diabetes, epilepsy) 
  • Asperger syndrome and autism

Applications and Interview stage  

Before applying we encourage you to read the information from the University and get in touch to discuss your requirements. It will be useful to check whether a pre-interview assessment is required in your subject and access arrangements and adjustments if needed.  

Disclosure in your UCAS application  

It is important to tick the disability disclosure box when you complete your UCAS form.  All undergraduate candidates who tick the disability disclosure box on the UCAS form will be asked  to send us an Adjustments Form linked here.The Adjustments Form should be completed fully even if there is repetition of details that are already on your UCAS form. Even if you do not require specific adjustments, we still need confirmation of this. 

When applying we strongly recommend that you declare anything which might affect your ability to participate in the admissions process. We can assure you that the information will be treated in confidence and your application WILL NOT be adversely affected. The more information we have about your individual needs, the more help and support the University and college can offer.  

We can make special arrangements during the application process for some applicants allowing extra time in their Admissions Assessments, relocating interviews but we can only do this if you explain your needs in advance. 

When you have an offer  

 When you have an offer the Disability Resource Centre will contact offer holders regarding support while at University including Disable Student Allowance (DSAs). We encourage you to get in touch with us with any questions or concerns regarding disability, learning difficulties or long-term illnesses. 

Extenuating Circumstances Form  

The Extenuating Circumstances Form has been designed by the university to ensure that the Cambridge Colleges have the information they require in order to assess any applicant who has experienced particular personal or educational disadvantage. For more information including appropriate circumstances and deadlines you can access the form here.