Inclusive Education

When you study at Lincoln University, we want to give you every chance to succeed

We understand that some students may need more support to help them achieve their ambitions, so we are committed to providing equity of access to education. The Inclusive Education department is ready to support you if you’re faced with the challenges of a disability, illness or injury, whether this is short term or long term. This page explains the some of the conditions and resources that are made available to students in this programme. 

Your motivation and enthusiasm to learn are what are important. We can help you achieve your goals, and support can be offered if you have impairments such as: 

  • SLDs – e.g., dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia 
  • Students who are on the autism spectrum 
  • Students with attention deficit disorder 
  • Physical or mobility difficulties 
  • Injuries 
  • Illnesses 
  • Mental health conditions, especially chronic anxiety 
  • Hearing or vision impairment 
  • Surgery 
  • Pregnancy

Support Services Available

There are many ways we can support you while you are studying with us. These may include:

Support available What this means
Reader/writer for tests and exams Someone to read the exam/test and write responses that the student provides and doesn’t provide any input of their own (explanations, definitions, etc.). 
Extra time This is usually at the rate of 10 minutes extra per hour for timed tests and exams
Rest breaks The student may take short breaks as required. Time spent on breaks is ‘time out’ from the assessment and is not counted towards the total assessment time. For online tests/exams, where specific times must be pre–configured, we normally allot 10 extra minutes for these rest breaks.
Mentoring Academic support for academic life including self-organisation, keeping on track and understanding requirements. This is not for tutoring in course content. 
Equipment This relates to use of a computer, appropriate furniture for tests and exams and also support for obtaining appropriate software.  
Accessible parking spaces  Parking spaces that meet the student's accessibility needs. 
Assistive technology  Technology to support a student's learning requirements.
Flexible deadlines This is an option for students who are unable to meet deadlines because they have mental or other health concerns that prevent them from working to deadlines. 
Leniency with spelling and grammar This is an alert to the examiner that poor spelling or grammar is not through inattention or lack of preparation.
Lecture notes in advance Lecture slides are made available on the course Learn site (or if for some reason this is not possible, via some other means) in sufficient time for the student to be able to download them before the lecture.
Transcription A writer is provided for tests and exams. This writer transcribes what the student has written so that the examiner has a legible copy. 
May take a walk The student may walk outside the room or building, as and when required. Student will always be supervised for such walks, to ensure integrity of assessment.
Suitable room and location Separate room or small group room for tests and exams or close to a toilet to suit the student’s needs. 

Get the support you deserve

The first step you can take is to make an appointment to talk to someone at Inclusive Education.  

Once you are registered with us, we will arrange the appropriate support, and provide all information relating to support for tests, exams and course work. 

To help expedite things, please bring any relevant supporting documents that you have, e.g. medical certificate, educational psychologist’s assessment, discharge certificate, etc. You are also welcome to bring a family member, friend or other support person with you. 

If you have a short-term condition, e.g. you fall sick or injure yourself, and you will need support for one or more tests or exams: 

  • Contact Inclusive Education or Student Health
  • You will need a medical certificate. Student Health can provide this if needed. If you are registered with a different medical practice, ask them for a medical certificate. 
  • We do our best to provide support, where possible, right up to the last minute for people who injure themselves or fall sick. 

How Inclusive Education support works

In order for us to deliver support, various people will usually need to know. For example, the examiners of your courses, members of the Inclusive Education team and university staff who deliver the support, officers of the university who need to know in order for the university to conduct its proper business. However, you can be sure that only those who need to know will be told, and they will respect your privacy. 

There will be nothing on your academic record or on your qualification to show that you have had support. 

Other information you give us, for example the reason why you need support, will be treated as confidential. We will discuss what you are willing to disclose when you register with Inclusive Education. 

It is the policy of Inclusive Education to protect the confidentiality of the information about your health or impairment that we collect. Inclusive Education complies with the Health Information Privacy Code (1994), including the sections pertaining to the collection, storage, disclosure of and access to any personal information gathered in the course of dealing with you. 


You can call in at our office in the Hudson Building, room 005. We can often see you straight away but if we are not available you may have to wait.

Contact details

Please email us [email protected] or give as a call +64 3 423 0092 or +64 3 423 0089.

Opening hours

Usual office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.