Supports for Students

SLD Support Programme

SLD Support Programme

Supports Available

The SLD Support Programme offers the following supports to students who register online with the Disability Support Service (DSS) and submit evidence of their specific learning difficulty. 


  • Needs Assessment appointment with your Disability Advisor to discuss your needs and the demands of your course, including examination accommodations
  • A dedicated Disability Advisor in the DSS who will work with you to identify the supports you need to help you achieve your academic goals. The Disability Advisor to Students with SLD is Siobhan Colclough
  • Use of the Assistive Technology Lab in UCC’s Boole Library, where you can access software/hardware that will help you study in a smarter, more efficient way.
  • A specialist learning support programme called Learning+for those students who have difficulty accessing mainstream supports
  • Resources in Education (RED) area in Blackboard and online which gives you round the clock access to advice and tips for study.


For more information please contact Siobhan on:

Tel: +353 (0)21 4205112

Alternative Exam Arrangements

End of Semester Examinations

Students with disabilities may avail of alternative exam arrangements (example below) if this support is deemed necessary as part of the student’s needs assessment.

    • Shared room
    • Extra time (10 mins per hour)
    • Use of the notification of SLD stickers

Any examination support which may be required by an individual student must be agreed, as part of a needs assessment with a Disability Advisor early in the academic year. You are advised to meet your advisor to discuss your needs.

Alternative examinations arrangements for end of semester 1 exams must be finalised by the end of October and for end of semester 2 exams, by the end of January. Please check our online registration form for exact dates or contact your Advisor. Arrangements cannot be made/changed after these dates.


In Class Examinations

If you have in class examinations during the course of the semester, you may be able to use the exam arrangements granted to you for these exams, although arrangements are generally not put in place for MCQ exams. Please complete the In-Class Exams Form a week ahead of the scheduled exam and return it to your Disability Advisor. Please call to the DSS a day or two before your exam to ask for your venue. Late applicaitons unfortunately cannot be processed.

In-Term Exams Form


Notification of Dyslexia/SLD Sticker for Examinations

Some students who are registered with dyslexia/SLD may be entitled to use a Notification of Dyslexia/SLD Sticker for their written timed exams (in class and end of semester).

Please ask your advisors to find out if you are entitled to use this sticker.

Once you have been informed that you can use this sticker, please collect your sticker from the DSS reception desk before your in class examinations or end of year examinations. Please bring your student ID card with you.

For information on feedback and marking guidelines please click Correcting the Work of a Student with a Specific Learning Difficulty.


Training in the Use of An Electronic Reader in Examinations


In order to use an electronic reader in exams, students must first meet with their Disability Advisor to discuss and agree upon this alternative arrangement. If you are eligible to use an electronic reader, you must attend a training session either in person or online, where you will be shown how to use the electronic reader software and the procedures for the examinations will be explained.

Please contact your Advisor about dates for face-to-face training.  

Online Training In Electronic Readers

If you would like to take part in the online training, please watch the training presentation below, where you will be shown how to use the electronc reader in examinations and procedures will be explained.  Please note that whilst there is a training presentation for Mac users, this is only for the purpose of training Mac users in the use of the software, in all examinations you will be using a PC and a PC version of the software.

Once you have viewed the training presentation, read the Guide to Using an Electronic Reader in Exams and take the short test (3 questions) to confirm your understanding of the training. You will also be asked to confirm your settings. Once you submit the form, it will be sent to your Advisor. You will receive an initial email confirmation that your test form has been submitted correctly.  Within 10 days you will receive an email from your advisor with your test result. There is no need to do any further training once you pass the short test. 

Electronic Reader Training Tutorial

Training Test ( 3 questions)

Notification of SLD on Written Work


The DSS has two ways of notifying correctors of the work of a student with a specific leanring difficulty, depending on the work being submitted. 

1. Examinations Scripts

Students registered with the DSS with a specific learning difficulty can use a Notification of SLD Sticker on their timed written examination scripts. These stickers alert the corrector to a set of guidelines developed by the DSS, that the corrector needs to read in advance of correcting the work. These stickers can be collected from the reception desk of the DSS in South Lodge. Each student must sign for their sticker. Checks are carried out to make sure that only those students registered with the DSS use these stickers. The use of the stickers is optional and non-transferable.

These guidelines can be viewed here Correcting the Work of a Student with a Specific Learning Difficulty


2. Continuously Assessed Work

Students may use the Assessed Work Cover Sheet for their continuously assessed work, such as essays and projects. This cover sheet can be collected in the DSS from Emma Landry on Tuesdays during term time. Students are provided with one electronic copy of the cover sheet and they must print it as they need to and attach it to their work.  Or attach it electronically to their submission if needs be. This cover sheet does not ask for extra marks to be awarded, but rather that feedback be provided to students, to enable them to develop their academic writing.

Lifestyle Coaching: An Occupational Therapy Service

Lifestyle Coaching: An Occupational Therapy Service

The  Occupational Therapy Service works with college students to coach you through any areas of your life in which you are experiencing difficulty, empowering you to make changes to your life that will enhance your overall health and wellbeing, enabling you to succeed in maintaining a balanced student life.

Would you like to:

  • Minimise stress
  • Improve your sleep
  • Tackle procrastination
  • Boost your energy levels
  • Manage low mood
  • Optimise your study strategies
  • Increase focus and concentration
  • Create lifestyle balance
  • Enhance your social skills
  • Address any other area of your life that you feel stuck with!


In collaboration with your occupational therapist, you will design a personalised plan through goal setting and put your plan into action enabling you to reduce stress, enhance your overall sense of well-being, and maintain a balanced student life.

As OT is more of a ‘doing’ therapy than a ‘talking’ therapy, a typical session will involve actively working on your goals.

Typical sessions are 60 minutes long, but this can be flexible based on student needs. Services can be delivered as individual sessions or group sessions. Services can take place in the Disability Support Service building, Brookfield Health Science Complex, or a location convenient to you, e.g. Mardyke arena, library, coffee dock.

Typical groups/workshops that we run throughout the semester include:

  • Stress Management
  • Study Skills
  • Procrastination / Time management
  • Lifestyle Balance
  • Or contact us if you have another workshop request!

Occupational Therapy is a client centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupational or the environment to better support their occupational engagement (World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2010).

This service is a highly confidential, non-judgemental, and respectful of student’s experiences.

If you would like to discuss this service further, please contact your Disability Advisor who may be able to refer you on to this service.

Disability Support Service
Tel: +353 (0)21 2902985


Lifestyle Coaching for College Students

Applying for Funding


The Fund for Students with Disabilities

The Fund for Students with Disabilities allocates funding to further and higher education colleges for the provision of services and supports to full-time students with disabilities. The Fund aims to ensure that students can participate fully in their academic programmes and are not disadvantaged by reason of a disability.

Eligible students can receive assistance from the Fund from PLC level right up to doctoral level. You do not have to be in first year of a course to be eligible to apply for the Fund. Application for the first time can be made during any year of study on an approved course at further or higher education level.

Applications to the Fund are made on behalf of an eligible student by their college following an assessment of need. Applications cannot be made directly to the Fund by students. Colleges are also responsible for the management of the funding approved for eligible students.Applicants to the Fund for Students with Disabilities are not means-tested. A minimum age for application applies, however. Students with disabilities enrolled in part-time courses, access or foundation courses in higher education institutions or short courses are not eligible for consideration under the Fund.

For more information please click here 

Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. The Student Assistance Fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition to the Student Grant. Please note that due to the high demand expected for the fund, the amounts awarded may vary downwards from previous years.

Further information and advice is available at the following website:

If you are encountering financial difficulty, please contact the Budgetary Advisor, Evan Healy

Disability Support Service

Seirbhís Tacaíochta do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas

South Lodge, UCC, College Road, Cork

Funding Bodies