Support for Students with AS/autism spectrum conditions

What this information is about.

  1. Usually students starting university are living away from home for the first time.  This means there are a lot of new rules to learn. These pages try to help you understand and come to terms with what is to be expected of you as well as the support that is available to you. 
  2. These pages are a general guide to ease you into University life and might not cover everything that could happen.
  3. Should a problem arise which is not covered here, you should get in touch with the AccessAbility Tutor for your department.  Find yours here : 
  4. Alternatively contact Sharron Sturgess in the AccessAbility Centre in the David Wilson Library, or email her at or the general Centre email address:

It is hoped that the following information helps you to settle into your new undergraduate life. 

Advice from current students and graduates with an ASC/Asperger syndrome.

Video clips made by current students and graduates with an ASC/Asperger syndrome

 Support Systems at the University
      In the college / department / school
      Other support available

Academic Related Support organised through the AccessAbility Centre
      One to One Support from a Study Assistant or Post Graduate Mentor
      One to One Support with a Study Adviser 
      Personal Tutor
      Library Support
      Specialist Support Worker

 Academic Aspects of University Life
      The lecture experience
      Seminars, tutorials and problem solving classes
      Preparation for seminars, tutorials or problem solving classes
      Independent Research & Libary Study exercises
      Laboratory and other practical sessions
      Group Work
      Assignments (coursework and homework)
      Hand in dates and times
      Essays, Dissertation and Reports
      Tricks of the Trade - Library use
      Recognising when you should ask for help

 Communicating with: lecturers, accommodation, support staff
      Help Desk, Blackboard and other on-line messaging
      Planned meetings

 Organisation and Priorities
      Academic versus Societies, Clubs & Activities

 Hall of Residence
     Life in Halls of Residence & Getting enough sleep
     Living and Sharing Facilities with other Students
     Daily living chores
     Catered / self catering
     Travel from the halls to the teaching campus
     Recognising When You Should Ask for Help
     Support and Security - Residential Advisers 
     Support and Security - Security staff and Porters
     Study Adviser
     Ambassadors & Volunteers
     Friendships and other relationships
          Want to be alone
          Feel Bullied

     Example first email to personal tutor
     Email for missed appointment
     Email - In case of illness, absence and likely to miss a deadline
     Letter to SFE about room subsidy rebate
     Letter to SFE for book money refund
     Coursework Adjustments that have been used before
     Assessed Work Cover Sheet & Examination Arrangements
     Contact Details for Key People
     Deadline Calendar (Add your own symbols, colour images)
     Daily Living Timetable
     Some Useful Websites



Contact Us

+44 (0)116 252 5002

or visit us on the ground floor of the Library

The AccessAbility Centre is open 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, during both terms and vacations. Contact us if you would like to speak with someone outside of these hours.


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The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for the David Wilson Library.