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Access centre

North London Regional Access Centre (NLRAC) is an accredited centre, offering needs assessments, assistive technology training, advice and support for disabled students in higher education. The services of our main and outreach centres - Bloomsbury and St’Mary’s - are available to any disabled students applying for or attending a UK-based institution.

Our services

We want you to get the most out of studies, so we offer a seamless provision of disability support, to minimise unnecessary barriers to learning, enabling you to focus on achieving your full potential during your time at university.

The services that we offer include:

  • Assessments of need
  • 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 to use your recommended equipment effectively
  • Liaison with support providers to ensure support is arranged quickly and effectively

NLRAC is accredited by the Disabled Students Allowances Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) as approved assessment centre, which provides a quality assurance service for assessment centres and suppliers involved in the delivery of the DSA in England and Wales.

Office opening hours

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Please note that our office is located at Middlesex University.

Appointments for needs assessments

Appointments for all assessment centres are available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with assessments available at Middlesex NLRAC 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 telephone: 020 8411 5366 or email: adminac@mdx.ac.uk

Please note that NLRAC operates 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
Hendon
London
NW4 4BT

Tel: 020 8411 5366
Email: adminac@mdx.ac.uk

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

Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury Access Centre
UCL Institute of Education
University of London
20 Bedford Way
WC1H 0AL

Tel: 020 8411 5366
Email: adminac@mdx.ac.uk

Directions to the campus can be found here.
Please note: Car parking is not available

St Mary's
St Mary's Access Centre
St Mary's University
Student Centre
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill
Twickenham
TW1 4SX

Tel: 020 8411 5366
Email: adminac@mdx.ac.uk

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

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