Our student support team operate an open-door policy and are on hand to provide support with personal issues, budgeting advice, childcare issues, financial support and changes to personal circumstances and living arrangements.


All UCO students are provided with access to free, confidential counselling with a professionally trained and qualified counsellor.

Learning difficulties and disabilities

We work closely with students who have learning difficulties, disabilities and long-term health conditions such as dyslexia or depression to support them in their studies. We can assist with applications for financial support, and have a link with a local needs assessment centre that can recommend reasonable adjustments, software and support to suit individual needs.

Specific forms of support include:

  • assistance with applying for disabled students allowance
  • the implementation of reasonable adjustments
  • diagnostic assessments
  • technical needs assessments
  • provision of support workers​

We strongly encourage students to let us know about disabilities from the outset. This way, appropriate provisions can be made to support students through the application process and to ensure everything is in place for the start of their studies.