Academic Support for Students with Disabilities


  • If you have a physical, sensory, mental or specific learning disability, chronic illness, mental illness or injury which affects your academic progress or ability to access learning materials, there are a number of specific provisions that can be tailored to suit your study needs (a full list of which may be found here). 

  • There are also many people you can talk to, both in Pembroke and at a university wide level about making the best arrangements to support you. See our Welfare People page.



  • ARACU has existed since the mid-1980s to make the resources of the Bodleian Library more accessible to readers who are unable to use printed material in its regular format. When the service started it was aimed primarily at people with visual impairments, but it is open to other disabled readers.

  • For the most part, ARACU sources digital copies of books and other reading material, but they can also produce it in other accessible formats such as DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) audio, Braille or tactile diagrams.

  • To use the service, talk to the Disability Advisory Service when you are discussing your other needs as you will need to be referred. They will put you in contact with someone who will meet up with you, take a few details of the material you need and how you would like it.



If you would like to speak to a member of the academic office at Pembroke, you can email the Academic Office or you are welcome to drop by to speak to a member of the team, you can find the office in Old Quad, Staircase 5. 



Our librarian, Laura Cracknell, is always happy to be contacted about accessibility to the library space and its resources.



If you have any questions or problems in accessing Oxford University libraries and its collections, you are welcome to contact the Disability Librarian, Teresa Pedroso.



  • If your disability or illness effects your ability to sit exams, or your method for exam completion, there are a number of arrangements which can be made, such as extra time, rest breaks, computer use, or taking exams in college. These arrangements can also be made up to four weeks before exams begin in the case of serious illness or injury.

  • It is also possible, if necessary, to apply during or after exams for 'consideration of factors affecting performance in examinations', which may include previously declared disabilities.

  • To discuss alternative exam arrangements contact the Pembroke Academic Office and/or the Disability Advisory Service.

  • For more details, see the University guides on Sitting Examinations and Alternative Exam Arrangements.



  • Your College tutors are there to care for you in both an academic and pastoral role. They want you do well academically and to thrive at Pembroke. They are also bound by the Equalities Act to make reasonable adjustments to facilitate your learning. It is worth discussing the effect your disability may have on your ability to work with your tutor so that they can arrange manageable workloads, deadlines and timetabling.

  • While the DAS will provide Pembroke, your department, and yourself with a copy of your support plan, this will not be shared with your tutor. If you would like your tutor to be aware of your disabilities you may pass your support plan, and any other information you would like them to know, onto your tutor yourself.

  • The JCR Disabilities Rep can help guide and accompany you through this process.

  • If you do not wish to discuss this with your tutor directly, you can speak to the Pembroke Academic Office or the DAS, who can help your tutor implement support for you on your behalf.



Each Department and college has a disability contact, you can find the disability contact for your department here.



There are 43 libraries and 5 mobile libraries which offer concessions to people who are diabled, including blind or partially sighted and deaf or hearing impaired. See or telephone 01865 810 240