The Study Needs Assessment at Durham University Assessment Centre (DUAC)

If you choose to have your Needs Assessment at Durham University Assessment Centre (DUAC), the team will be pleased to meet with you. Their aim is to ensure you have access to the most effective support available to assist you in your studies. DUAC is a member of the National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC). All assessment centres conduct Needs Assessments to an agreed quality assurance framework. You don’t need to have your Needs Assessment at DUAC because you are studying at Durham University. You can choose any local centre which is convenient to you.


The Durham University Assessment Centre is located in the Palatine Centre alongside Student Services and Disability Support.
Needs Assessments take place within the Assessment Centre suite, where software and equipment can be tried and discussed at the time of the assessment. This supports the Assessor in making informed recommendations regarding what will assist you in your studies. Full details regarding the Needs Assessment meeting can be found at What is the Study Needs Assessment?
If you have any access needs or preferences to enable you to fully participate in the assessment, let the assessment centre know. It’s very important you are able to communicate your needs clearly, so you can get the most out of the process. Staff are more than happy to help you with this.

How could this affect me?

If you have applied for DSA, the Needs Assessment is an essential part of the process. Recommendations will vary from person to person, depending on your course, how your autism affects you and the impact on your studies.
During the assessment you will have the opportunity to ask questions or suggest strategies or equipment that you feel you may benefit from, or have worked for you in the past.
All recommendations must be considered in relation to the DSA regulations and guidance.

What to do next?

Once you receive your letter of referral from the funding body contact your local assessment centre for a Needs Assessment appointment.

Practical tips

Durham University Assessment Centre:
Tel:0191 334 8115

Link to other assessment centres: