The Access and Learning Strategies team

The Access and Learning Strategies (ALS) team are specialist practitioners in neurodivergence and mental health, working as part of the library's Learning Hub

We offer a range of services including groups, workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one support, along with neurodiversity screening.

Who we support

You might be curious about neurodiversity, think you may have traits of specific learning differences or autism, or feel that your studies are being affected by mental health. A formal diagnosis is not needed to access ALS resources and support.

Neurodivergent students

Everyone thinks and learns differently. The diversity of human thinking should be celebrated! Neurodiversity comes from the words neurology and diversity. People’s brains are different, so people experience and interact with the world in different ways.

The term neurodivergent means thinking and experiencing the world differently from the 'average' or 'neurotypical' person.

Watch a video on What is neurodiversity?

What support do we offer?

We offer workshops, groups, drop-ins and one-to-one study support sessions. We also have online resources and a monthly newsletter.

We aim to meet your individual needs by building your confidence, capability and understanding of how you learn best.

Thinking Differently events

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We offer a range of in person and online Thinking Differently workshops on topics such as neurodiversity, making the most of lectures, procrastination, reading, tech, success strategies, revision and building self-confidence.


We offer regular drop-in sessions at our campus libraries. You don’t need to book, just drop-in with your study-related question, and a specialist practitioner will help you or signpost you to other resources and support.

Specialist study skills support

We can offer online or in-person specialist study support for neurodivergent students and students whose studies are affected by mental health.

Specialist mentoring

If your studies are being affected by mental health issues you may get referred to our specialist mentoring team from other professional services such as Wellbeing or Disability Services.

Online resource space

You can access our set of workshop materials and other useful resources on our Thinking Differently online resource space (UWE Bristol login required).

Monthly newsletter

You can sign up to receive our monthly Thinking Differently newsletter to keep up to date with our upcoming events, topics on neurodiversity or mental health and learn about free apps or tech solutions to help with studies.

ADHD group

Do you have a diagnosis of ADHD or have you attended a neurodiversity screening at UWE Bristol and have attention difficulties? Would you like to:

  • understand a diagnosis of ADHD better?
  • find and use your strengths to engage in study?
  • explore new strategies, behaviours and study skills?
  • try something new and meet like-minded peers?

Book an online ADHD workshop through the Thinking Differently events above or find out about our ADHD psychoeducational programme.

Autism group

If you identify as autistic, you may like to join our group for autistic students.

The group at Frenchay and Bower Ashton campus sites offers a safe place to meet other students where you are free to be yourself. The group is facilitated by specialist mentors with invited speakers to support your student journey.

You can book your space in advance through the Thinking Differently events above.

For further information please email the Autism group at

Neurodiversity screening and assessment

If you already have a diagnosis

If you have already been screened or assessed for a SpLD or autism, please email the Access and Learning Strategies team at with a copy of any evidence. We can check through your evidence and advise on next steps.

Curious about neurodiversity?

Find out more about neurodiversity and how you learn with the Curious about neurodiversity guide.

The guide contains information about specific learning differences, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia, ADHD and autism. It will help you explore your strengths and any traits of neurodivergence. It also contains information about resources and support available at UWE Bristol.

If you are finding study difficult the guide will direct you to a neurodiversity screening where you can explore signs of SpLD or signs of autism.


Assessment for specific learning differences

A formal diagnosis is not necessary to access ALS resources and support. However, a diagnostic assessment for SpLD might be right for you if you are looking to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA).

If you’ve not been previously assessed, one option may be to consider having a diagnostic assessment. We can help you explore this.

Your first step is to use our Curious about Neurodiversity guide above.

Assessment for ADHD or autism

If you are experiencing difficulties which might be due to ADHD or autism, please talk to your doctor for advice. A medical diagnosis is required for you to get prescription medication for ADHD.

If you are on an NHS waiting list for an ADHD or Autism assessment, please email any evidence to the Access and Learning Strategies team at We will provide you with information on further support, adjustments and resources available to you.

You may find it useful to visit the following websites for more information:



Contact us

Office hours are Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00.

Visit: Frenchay Library Help Desk

Tel: +44 (0)117 32 83589


Please remember, if you need someone to talk to, you can get wellbeing support from a range of professional services at UWE Bristol, external partnerships and the NHS, there is somebody who can help 24/7.

Live chat

We are here between 12:00–14:00 Monday to Friday. Chat to us live:

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