What is Access Solent, who we support and what is available
Advice from past students
Welcome to Access Solent
PLEASE NOTE: We will be remotely supporting students and staff during the 20/21 academic year. Current students can find out more information about setting up support on this SOL page, the Student Support App, or by booking a phone call via the scheduler. We are unable to take incoming phone calls.
See 'Book Appointment' tab to arrange an Access Solent call
What is Access Solent?
Access Solent is Solent University's disability and neurodiversity advice service for students and staff.
Our aim is to remove barriers and support students to reach their full academic potential.
How can we help?
We provide information, advice and guidance for disabled students during their time at Solent, as well as access to on-campus support and facilities.
University is different from school and college and may present new challenges. Therefore we recommend you check with us what support is available, even if you feel your disability will not affect your studies.
Check out the rest of this site to find out about all the support that is available, before you make a decision.
Who can ask for support?
Anyone with the following declarations is eligible:
specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, ADHD)
chronic or long-term medical conditions (e.g. epilepsy, diabetes)
physical or sensory impairments (e.g. cerebral palsy, hearing impairment)
mental health conditions (e.g. depression, bipolar)
autistic spectrum declarations
temporary injuries (e.g. broken wrist)
What support is available?
a range of activities, workshops and facilities
confidential information and advice to prospective and current disabled students
advice on applying for Disabled Students' Allowance or other funding for academic disability support
screenings for specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia)
advice about diagnostic assessment
classroom support and exam arrangements
short term loans of equipment including digital voice recorders and laptops with assistive technology
liaison with teaching staff (with permission)
events supporting transition into higher education
information and advice for staff who are supporting students
Advice from students
The videos below contain stories from some of our successful graduates and their advice to other students on accessing University support.
Lucinda's Student Journey
Lucinda is a Solent University graduate in BSc Hons Geography and Environmental Studies This is her student journey and advice for other students on accessing disability support at University.