Booking a Study Needs Assessment

What is a Study Needs Assessment?
A study needs assessment is a confidential appointment with an assessor to discuss the effects of your disability on your studies. It's an opportunity to discuss options for support and where appropriate, equipment and software are recommended.
The aim is to identify any needs you may have in relation to your disability, and any additional costs that you may incur because of your disability.

After you have applied for DSA and your funding authority has written to you to say you are entitled to DSA, you will need to book a Study Needs Assessment. Contact Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre to make an appointment.

The Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre (SRAC) is based here at Sheffield Hallam University - telephone 0114 225 3623 or email For Assessment Centres in other locations visit the DSA QAG website.

Sheffield Hallam University strongly recommends that disabled students attend Study Needs Assessment at SRAC for the following reasons:

  • high quality assessments
  • assessors have good knowledge of the support available at Sheffield Hallam
  • minimum delay between the assessment and receiving your support
  • much easier to access follow-up support after your assessment

Accessing support recommended in the Study Needs Assessment

Depending on what you have been recommended it is likely that you need to do three things:

  • Review and approve your learning contract - you will receive an email in your SHU account after your assessment with a link to view and approve the contract
  • Arrange for the delivery of equipment - you need to wait for a letter from your funding authority (this normally takes about a month)
  • Arrange your support workers
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