Keele University Outreach Access Centre

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Welcome to the Keele University Outreach Access Centre (KUOAC).

We can assess any student wishing to attend a higher education institution anywhere in the country. We work in partnership with the University of Derby Assessment Centre (UDAC). The KUOAC are based in the Student Services Centre, Tawney building. The venue is fully accessible – we have three disabled parking bays in front of the building, and accessible toilets. The KUOAC is managed by Keele’s Disability and Dyslexia Support team.

Staff in Disability and Dyslexia Support can also help students with a range of disabilities (including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ASD, mental and physical issues) to apply for Disabled Students' Allowance. This financial allowance enables eligible students to have non-medical weekly support, exam concessions and equipment tailored to suit individual needs.

The current waiting time for an available assessment date is a maximum of 15 days from when you get in touch.

If you would like more information regarding this process please contact Disability and Dyslexia Support and we will be happy to help.

Your assessment of needs

If you have a diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) and would like an assessment of your individual needs, you can make an appointment with the Keele University Outreach Access Centre. To do so, you will need to provide both:

  • An up-to-date diagnostic from a qualified teacher for SpLD or an Educational Psychologist; and
  • An approval letter from Student Finance England or the NHS (if your course is funded by them) to say that they will fund the Needs Assessment.

If you have any other disability, you will need to bring a letter from a doctor or consultant which explains your diagnosis and the impact it has on daily living.

What happens in an appointment?

You will meet with a Needs Assessor at Keele, and the assessment will last for about one hour and thirty minutes.

The Needs Assessment will allow you to fully discuss your individual support needs, so it is good to plan and prepare a list of issues and the kinds of support that you think you will need to access your course. We want you to fully participate in the assessment.

The assessment will cover:

  • Your disability and/or medical condition and the impact it has on your learning
  • Previous education/employment details  
  • Discussion of your course’s content
  • Effects of your disability on study
  • Demonstration of specialist equipment and software
  • Recommendations for support
  • Recommendations for any institutional arrangements

In advance of the Needs Assessment appointment, it would be good if you could think about some of the following areas:

  • Study skills that you may have difficulty with. This could include, for example, reading and research, or attending lectures with large numbers of students
  • Drafting assignments
  • Your time management and organisational skills
  • Exam arrangements
  • How you cope with practical work
  • Any accommodation issues

KUOAC opening times

Monday - Friday: 08:45 - 16:45


Contact details

Disability & Dyslexia Support, Student Services Centre, Tawney building, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG

T: +44(0)1782 733950