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North London Regional Access Centre (NLRAC)

We want you to get the most out of your studies and will provide support to minimise unnecessary barriers to learning, enabling you to focus on achieving your full potential during your time at university.

Call 07792 663 197 or 020 8411 5366 to book your Study Needs Assessment.

North London Regional Access Centre at Middlesex University is an accredited centre, offering DSA Study Needs Assessments, advice and support for disabled students in higher education. Our services are available to any disabled students applying for or attending a UK-based institution.

All assessments are now remote – via phone/ video link. Our office hours remain unchanged and we have even better availability of appointments, so please contact us to make a booking.

Mob: 07792 663 197
Tel: 020 8411 5366
Email: adminac@mdx.ac.uk

Our services

What we provide

  • DSA Study Needs Assessments
  • Advice and guidance about the needs assessment process
  • On-going support to resolve issues about equipment and support recommendations
  • Suitable equipment recommendations and practical support strategies to overcome barriers to learning
  • Recommendations for reasonable adjustments
  • Assistive technology training to help you use your recommended equipment effectively
  • Liaison with support providers to ensure support is arranged quickly and effectively

Watch our video for more information on what DSA can do for you.

  • The DSA application process

    • Gather your evidence

      You need to have a medical report, GP letter or SpLD diagnostic report.

    • Apply for DSA

      Apply online: www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas. You can ask the Disability Team at Middlesex to help you with the application. Contact them at disability@mdx.ac.uk .

    • Receive confirmation for DSA eligibility

      DSA will send you a letter (DSA1) telling you if you can book a Study Needs Assessment.

    • Book your Study Needs Assessment

      You can book your assessment with us. Call us on Tel: 0208 411 5752, Mob: 07792 663 197 or email us at adminac@mdx.ac.uk.

    • The Study Needs Assessment

      This is a meeting between you and the assessor to discuss the effects of your condition. The assessor will suggest strategies to help overcome the impact of the disability on your study. Don’t worry, this is not a test.

    • The DSA Needs Assessment Report

      The assessor will write a report outlining your needs and recommended type(s) of support. The report will be sent to your funding body for their approval. We will also send you a copy of the report.

    • Receive response about your DSA support

      After your funding body receives the Needs Assessment Report, they will send you the DSA Notification of Entitlement letter (DSA2). Check your email for this letter.

    • The support

      The DSA2 letter will outline what support is approved and how to access it. You may need to place an order for your equipment to a specific supplier. If you are not sure, give us a call and we will help.

    • Get on with your studies

      With your DSA package in place, you should be able to fulfil your potential on your course. You are welcome to contact us for advice and support throughout your university career. If your needs change or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Enjoy your university journey!

Students with disabilities and/or health conditions and face coverings

Students who can wear a face covering should do so at all times when in communal and shared indoor spaces. In shared indoor spaces you will be expected to wear a face covering unless you are eating and/or drinking.

We ask members of the #TeamMDX community to be socially responsible and adhere to approaches we are taking as an institution to keep us all safe.

Face coverings are not a substitute for other hygiene and safety measures, such as being tested when displaying symptoms, self-isolating when unwell or advised to, enhanced cleaning regimes, and regular hand-washing. These primary mitigation measures should always be followed.

We also encourage #TeamMDX to be mindful that some members of our community will be unable to wear face coverings or to follow particular COVID-19-secure systems on campus, such as one way systems, due to a health condition or disability.

In line with Government guidance, some students are exempt from wearing a face covering. This includes those who:

  • cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • would experience extreme distress by putting on, wearing or removing a face covering
  • speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate

If you have a health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering you should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this and this includes exemption cards. You may however feel more comfortable showing something that says that you do not have to wear a face covering.

This is a personal choice and is not necessary in law, but we would encourage this so that you are not repeatedly asked. You may wish to collect an MDX face covering exempt lanyard and badge from Security in the Quad.

Appointments for needs assessments

Appointments for all Assessment Centres are available from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, with assessments available at evening and weekends on request.

To make an appointment for any centre or to find out more about our services and waiting times, please call 020 8411 5366 or email our team.

Please note that the North London Regional Access Centre (NLRAC) and the Bloomsbury Assessment Centre operate a flat fee policy; this means the cost of your assessment that is stated on the letter from your funding authority also covers any queries or top-up assessments that you may need for the duration of your course – there will not be any additional charges to you from the Assessment Centres.

Expected waiting times for a study needs assessment are up to 15 days, but appointments are typically arranged within one week.

Where to find us

Middlesex NLRAC

North London Regional Access Centre
Middlesex University
The Burroughs
Tel: 020 8411 5366 / 0779 266 3197
Email: adminac@mdx.ac.uk

Directions to the campus.
Car parking is available on site for Blue Badge holders, and can be arranged in advance upon request.

St Mary's

St Mary's Access Centre
St Mary's University
Student Centre
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill

Tel: 020 8411 5366 / 0779 266 3197
Email: adminac@mdx.ac.uk

Directions to the campus.
Car parking is available on site for Blue Badge holders, and can be arranged in advance upon request.

CONEL Tottenham Access Centre

The College of Haringey, Enfield, and North East London
High Road
N15 4RU

Tel: 020 8411 5366 / 0779 266 3197
Email: adminac@mdx.ac.uk

Directions to the campus.
Car parking is available on site for Blue Badge holders, and can be arranged in advance upon request.


We always welcome feedback (positive and constructive) from students and staff about our services.

If you wish to provide us with feedback then please email our team.

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