Disabled students allowance

For students funded through an EPSRC grant universities can apply to the Research Council (RC) for help with paying Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

How to Apply

It is the responsibility of the Disability Office (DO) at the research organisation to determine the eligibility of any student to apply for DSA. The DO is authorised by the Research Councils to decide whether an Assessment of Needs is required.

Once the eligibility of the student and the requirements for assistance are established, the DO should contact the doctoral training grant coordinator or the doctoral centre manager to access funding to meet the requirements of the student from training grant payments already made to the Research Organisation (RO).

The claim form, with associated guidance, and advice to both the student and the research organisation are available from the related links section of this page. Please read these documents carefully as the RC will not be responsible for any additional costs arising from incorrect information being provided by the research organisation in the original application.

Research Organisations can claim back eligible costs at the end of the academic year by submitting a completed DSA claim form by 31 October each year. It is the Research Organisation's responsibility to ensure that the costs committed are eligible for Research Council funding; it is suggested that this may be a PDF file. Details of actual costs incurred for each student should be shown separately. Claims should be submitted via the grant maintenance side of Je-S.

Payment of DSA

After a claim for disabled student allowance is received by the RCUK Grants Team, it will be authorised by the RC. The RCUK Grants Team will advise the university what level of funding is to be met by the RC.

An additional funding stream will be created on the grant on which the student is supported and the RC will make payment to the university as part of the normal pay run process in the next available pay run.

At the time of reconciliation of the grant, the university will be required to submit details of the DSA costs incurred for each student in the Final Expenditure Statement and will need to submit receipts to the RC in support of expenditure claimed. Failure to submit the relevant receipts will result in the DSA claim being disallowed and all DSA payments for the student will be recovered by the RC.