Improving non-medical help for disabled students in higher education: Government call for evidence

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Closes 3 Jul 2024


This call for evidence invites you to submit information that will help the government to consider how to improve the way that the non-medical help (NMH) funded through Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is delivered to disabled students in higher education (HE).

Who this is for

  • Higher education providers (HEPs).
  • Current and prospective disabled students in HE, and HE graduates.
  • Stakeholders within the HE sector working with disabled students.
  • Groups working with disabled people wishing to enter HE.
  • Disability charities and wider advocacy organisations working with disabled people.
  • Those working in the DSA sector, including DSA NMH providers.

Issue date

The call for evidence was published on 10 April 2024.


If your enquiry is related to the policy content of the call for evidence, you can contact the team on:

If your enquiry is related to the Department for Education (DfE) e-consultation website or the call for evidence process in general, you can contact the DfE Ministerial and Public Communications Division by email: or by telephone: 0370 000 2288 or via the DfE Contact us page.

Additional copies

Additional copies are available electronically and can be downloaded from GOV.UK DfE consultations.

The response

The DfE's response to this call for evidence will be published on GOV.UK in due course.

About this call for evidence

This call for evidence sets out the current arrangements for providing DSA-funded NMH, the rationale for considering whether any changes are needed, and a number of questions seeking views about the way in which NMH is working at the moment and the future of the NMH system. At the call for evidence stage, we are seeking initial views on the questions set out in this document, which will help us to gather information from stakeholders with experience and knowledge on NMH in the HE sector. Depending on the responses, the DfE will consider whether consultation on specific measures or legislative changes is necessary. Analysis of the responses, and engagement with key stakeholders as appropriate, will follow this call for evidence.

Other ways to respond

If for exceptional reasons, you are unable to use the online system, for example because you use specialist accessibility software that is not compatible with the system, you may download a word document version of the form and email it or post it.

By email:

By post: Katherine Bayliss, Department for Education, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD


The call for evidence closes on 3 July 2024.