Students with medical needs
Financial support is available in some cases from the Crane's Charity medical support fund in the form of partial reimbursement of certain expenses incurred by students experiencing physical or mental illness. The treatment applied for should not be conveniently or readily obtainable under the NHS. (Contact your GP in the first instance). Students are encouraged to access all available services from both the University Student Support (see below) and the NHS before applying to the Fund. This will ensure that only students in the greatest financial need receive assistance.
How to apply?
- If you have not already tried to access the required essential medical treatment on the NHS, contact your GP. Find out the estimated NHS waiting list time for your treatment.
- If the waiting list for NHS treatment is too long and you are unable to finance private treatment yourself, read the eligibility criteria on the link here .
- Read the application guidance including looking at the details of the application form.
- Talk to your College Tutor about applying. You may be asked to see the Nurses.
- Use this hard copy version of the application form for draft purposes and to discuss your needs with your Tutor
- Once you have the support of your Tutor, you can apply online here
- For further guidance at any stage, contact the Financial Welfare Officer
University Student Support
includes the following services to students free of charge, all year round:
- Postgraduate wellbeing advice
- Mental health groups and workshops
- Support for students, whose everyday lives are significantly impacted due to mental health issues
- Sexual and racial harassment and violence support
- Screening service for a specific learning difficulty, ADHD or Autism
- Study and exams support for disabled students
- Help to find funding covering course-related costs for disabled students
If you are unsure what NHS service to use, the NHS Symptom Checker might be helpful.
Students seeking screening for additional needs
Students who believe they would benefit from screening for possible SpLD, ADHD, or Autism Spectrum Conditions should discuss this first with their Tutor or the Nurses. There is a new ADRC Neurodiversity Screening Service. Due to the level of demand for the service, the screening service is not available to students who do not meet all the criteria:
- the student is experiencing significant difficulties with daily learning and/or functioning, and thinks this could be as a result of undiagnosed Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, ADHD and/or Autism
- the student has not already disclosed a disability or mental health condition at the ADRC, for which they are already eligible for support
- the student does not already have an existing diagnosis of Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, ADHD and/or Autism
Students who do not meet this criteria will be advised to contact their ADRC disability adviser who will be able to review the student’s support & make any additional recommendations for support that are appropriate and necessary. Contact the ADRC here.
Students with disabilities or additional needs
Students with disabilities, students who are neurodiverse or students who are experiencing difficulties can refer to the ADRC ( Accessibility and Resource Centre) for assessment and advice. The ADRC may recommend setting up a Student Support Document (SSD) if they think this would benefit you. Students with home fee status may also be eligible to apply for Disabled Students Allowance
You can access more information about government support here:
- Student Finance England support
- Student Finance Wales support
- Student Awards Agency Scotland
- Student Finance N. Ireland
Cambridge University's Accessibility and Resource Centre (ADRC) offers support and advice for UK, EU and International students as well as information about other funds. If UK students require human support (e.g. note-takers, specialist mentoring) they should apply to the Reasonable Adjustments Fund. Students with international fee status can apply to the International Disabled Students’ Fund to fund their support. Here is some further information: