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Disability Support

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China is strongly committed to equality of opportunity in its provision for all of its students. It is committed to providing on going support with the focus being on the provision of accessible services and supporting students in completing their courses as independently as possible. The Disability Support is here to provide support and advice for students with a permanent or temporary disability or medical condition. We can assist with queries regarding:

  • admissions and registration with disability concerns
  • assessments in relation to disability and recommendations to academic staff about reasonable adjustments in the learning, teaching and assessment environment 
  • recommendation for adjustments to arrangement for examination and assessment 
  • timetabling arrangements 
  • access to alternative formats such as large print 
  • liaison with library for enhanced services such as extended loans 
  • residential accommodation

Student Disclosure and Confidentiality Policy

Disability Support works under the Wellbeing Service, which means that it follows two specific regulations.

Firstly, attendance for disability support is entirely voluntary. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that the University is aware of your situation if you would like to apply for disability support. You can alert the University to your requirements by:

  • Direct contact with the Disability Support
  • Indicating a disability on the registration forms
  • Direct contact with the staff from the faculty such as the Disability Liaison Officer or personal tutor who will need to inform the Disability Support
  • Go to the Hub(Portland Building Room 120)to make an appointment with Disability Support

Early disclosure to the University is essential to ensure the timely provision of appropriate support services.

Secondly, The University undertakes to maintain student data in a secure condition and to process and disclose data only within the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. All information provided by you is kept confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone unless you give permission for us to do so. However if there is a situation of serious risk of harm to yourself or to others, information might need to be passed on to other appropriate professionals. Wherever possible this will be done with your consent.

Medical Evidence Policy

Medical evidence is required for students who are disabled or who have a long term medical condition in order to provide reasonable adjustments and to access services and support at the University of Nottingham.

Students with long term medical condition or any other disability are required to provide a letter either from a general practitioner (international students) or a medical specialist in level AA above hospital (domestic students) that includes the following details:

  • The name of the disability or medical condition
  • When the impairment or medical condition was diagnosed
  • How long is the impairment or medical condition is likely to last
  • The main effects of this condition
  • Any side effects of any medications or treatment

Student with learning differences such as Dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome or ADD/ ADHD will requires a supporting report from either an educational psychologist or specialist in special needs.

Examination & Timetabling Arrangements

For disabled students, timetabling adjustments and adjustments to standard examinations, such as extra time, rest breaks and scribes, can be arranged through Disability Support.

Alternate Examination arrangements for disabled students

Students with long term medical condition, physical disability and learning differences for more than 12 months can request for an alternate examination by making an appointments with the staff in Disability Support before the published deadlines.

All requests should be supported by a latest medical evidence from either a medical specialist, educational psychologist or psychiatrist.

For further information on the alternate examination arrangement for disabled students, please refer to the University’s Quality Manual.


Students with request of timetabling should be accessed by the Disability Support. The Disability Support will go through an assessment with the student and will pass recommendations for timetabling to the Timetabling Officer in Academic Service Office where rooms will be allocated/reallocated accordingly.

For further information on alternative timetabling arrangements for disabled students, please refer to the University's Quality Manual.

Students with academic or disability referral form that makes reference to a coursework extension

If you have an academic referral form (ARF) or disability referral form (DRF) that states on it that extensions to deadlines should be allowed on request wherever possible, you do not need to complete an extenuating circumstances form.

Instead you need to get the approval of the designated member of School staff on this form - Coursework Extension Request Form for students with an ARF/DRF, and submit it to The Hub which is located in Portland Building Room 120 . You do not need to include any supporting documentation. This form can only be used for one extension per assessment and must be submitted before the original deadline.

Submission can be in person or by email to

If you have already been granted an extension on the basis of an ARF/DRF but your circumstances change, such that you would like to request a further extension to the already extended deadline, please follow the extenuating circumstances procedure.

Disability Liaison Officers  

Each Faculty and relevant department appoint a Disability Liaison Officer (DLO) to provide a point of reference, advice and guidance for members of staff and students in the faculty/department about disability issues and support. The DLOs are part of a network that meets regularly to share information and good practice. DLOs liaise with Disability Support, as necessary, in relation to individual students and general policies and procedures.

Year 2017-2018 Faculty/Department Disability Liaison Officer (DLO):



Email   Address

CELE Professional Services Office

Helen Li

Faculty Office of Business

Annie (Yi) Ruan

Faculty Office of Humanities and Social Sciences

Amy Brown

Faculty Office of Science and Engineering

David Siu-Yeung Cho

Academic Service Office

Simon Gao


Winnie Xu

Centre for Research on Sino-Foreign Universities

Yue Pei

Library, Research and  Learning Resources

Yvonne Wang

Residential College

Maggie Zhang




Contact information

Wellbeing Service
Disability Support Manager: Jean Wu
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road
University Park
Ningbo 315100, China
Tel : +86(0)57488180000-8169


Useful links:

Disability Support in UK campus

The social model of disability