Medical & other supporting evidence

Medical evidence

Applications made on the grounds of ill health or disability must be supported by medical evidence. All medical evidence will be treated in strict confidence and will only be seen by those directly involved in the decision making process. This may include senior officers in colleges, departments and certain administrators, e.g. Disability Advisory Service. If a student does not wish for information to be shared with particular parties this needs to be clearly stated when the application is submitted. It would be helpful if the medical evidence was obtained at a time that is relevant to the application. Where a student is suffering from a long term illness the most recent report from a doctor or specialist should be submitted. All medical certificates and reports must come from a qualified practitioner, preferably a local or college doctor. Medical evidence should contain a clear diagnosis which outlines the nature and severity of the illness and if possible indicate how the illness is likely to impact on the student’s academic performance and studies.

In cases of disability the most recent Student Support Plan should be sent with the request for a dispensation.

If applications for dispensation involve a return from suspension on medical grounds and are being made at the point of return, the student should provide a certificate to say they are fit to resume studies.

Other supporting evidence

Applications made on non-medical grounds, e.g. as a result of the death of a family member, employment difficulties, or any issue that is beyond the student’s control and was not anticipated, should be accompanied by appropriate supporting documents.