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All providers of Disabled Students Allowance learning support can offer their services remotely and online. Providers are experienced in using various online platforms and will continue to help students access their learning. Some providers may offer face-to-face support, but Covid-19 safety will be prioritised following Government and local guidelines.

There are many benefits for students in engaging with their learning support as the new acadademic year begins, and we suggest that students speak to their DSA support provider if they have any questions.

The Association Student and Provider Survey:

"Your DSA Support and Covid-19" 2020 report is available here.

BSL videos and audio transcriptions of the DSA Support and Covid-19 student survey are available here


"Your DSA Support and Covid-19" 2021 report is available here.

Alternative formats of the DSA Support and Covid-19 student survey are available by contacting us here

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Disseminate information and guidance

to members on government funding, auditing and other initiatives relevant to the sector

Develop and maintain links

with other professional organisations involved in the provision of services to disabled students

Attract and maintain

the widest representation of those with a stakeholding in DSA-funded NMH provision


and be the collective voice of those with a stakeholding in DSA-funded NMH provision.

Promote best practice, quality and improvement

across the sector to ensure the most effective outcomes for students.

Act in an advisory capacity

to appropriate stakeholders including the Department for Education, statutory funding bodies and any designated auditing body


What is the current feedback from Students? 

68% of DSA recipients agreed that DSA support enabled them to participate more fully in their course.*

85% of students strongly agreed or agreed that ‘DSA learning support is important for me at this time’ (Covid-19 survey, April 2020)**


“I came out with a first, I would not come out with a top degree without that support…. My personal tutor spent extra time sitting with me going through things i needed to ask questions with it. Without the support of the tutor and my notetaker i think i would be in a different position”*       



37% of students said that they couldn’t have done their course without getting support from DSAs*

*Department for Education – Evaluation of Disabled Students’ Allowances. Published 17 January 2019 available here 

** ANMHP Student Survey May 2020, Your DSA support and Covid-19 – Student and NMHP Survey – Final Report v.4.0




 “I couldn’t do without my mentor, she really is amazing! My results have gone up two/ three grades!”

  Feedback from a student in receipt of DSA support in 2018/19