We know you’re looking for a quality course and a great place to study, but you also need support to help you through your journey from learning into work or further study.

STUDY SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY OR SPECIFIC LEARNING DIFFICULTY

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, and are on or thinking of going on to a higher education course; you may be able to access some support with your studying so you can study on an equal basis with other students.

What do I Need To Do To Get Some Support With My Studying?

To receive this support you must first apply for and be granted Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

DSA is a non-means tested, non-repayable allowance that covers additional study related costs that you will incur because of your disability or specific learning difficulty.

It is best to apply for DSA as soon as possible to help ensure there are no delays to the start of your support.

For more information about Disabled Students Allowance and what it may cover, visit this page.

MATURE STUDENTS

Don’t feel like you’ve missed the boat. We welcome mature students at the University Centre and know that you’ll find it an open, peaceful place to learn new skills and meet new people.

CAREERS GUIDANCE

All students enrolled on a course at the University Centre get access to a specialist Careers Advisor for Higher Education. They understand, and have information on, all undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and can give you advice and interviews throughout your time with us.

For more information on our careers service, visit this page or contact Chris Smith on 01302 553747 or by email chris.smith@don.ac.uk

COUNSELLING AND WELFARE SERVICES

Based at all sites, our counselling team are always available for you to talk to in confidence about any topic, whether it’s your studies, family or relationships. Phone 01302 553741 or email counselling.service@don.ac.uk.

MULTI-FAITH CHAPLAINCY

Our chaplaincy is supported by various faith groups in Doncaster and serves the spiritual needs of the University Centre. The multi-faith room can be accessed during the day, whatever your faith, and even if you don’t have one, you can just use it to sit quietly with your thoughts.

CHILDCARE SUPPORT

Our Waterbabies Nursery at The Hub is open term time only, 8am – 5.30pm. For further information please contact: Mandy Rayner – Nursery Manager at Waterbabies Nursery, telephone: 01302 553719 or email: hub.childcare@don.ac.uk

Childcare isn’t free, but you may be eligible for help towards the cost of childcare from the College’s Learner Support Fund. For more information, go to our Financial Support website or contact our Financial Support Team on 01302 553760 or 01302 553741.

THE STUDENT UNION

We want you to be yourself and do your thing, whatever that is for you. Our Student Union gives you the support you need to do that. You can become a member of the National Union of Students (NUS) as soon as you enrol. You’ll get huge discounts on shopping and all kinds of activities and entertainment. The Union plans recreational, social and cultural activities throughout the year, starting with events pencilled in for Fresher’s Week.

We want all our students to make the most of university life. Whatever skills, knowledge and interests you bring, there’s always space for you to express yourself and contribute.

Our Student Council system gives students a direct opportunity to be even more involved in University Centre life, and ensures student representation from across the University Centre on all HE committees and on the Governing Board.