You do not need to feel alone in your first few weeks. The university has set up a group of people who you can contact for informal support and to ask questions.


The aim of this group of Welcome Ambassadors is to provide a friendly space for new university students with autism to be able to ask questions or ask for assistance in a nonjudgmental environment. Feel free to ask any questions related to the university or life in Portsmouth and somebody in the group should be able to help you out or point you in the right direction. Anybody in the group is welcome to answer questions, whether that be a Welcome Ambassador, another experienced student or a fellow first year. There is no requirement to read or reply to every message within the group, you can use it as much or as little as needed.

How could this affect me?

The first few weeks at the university can be exciting but also can be a bit daunting. You will be given lots of information in the first few weeks, meet a lot of people and have to learn how to study at university level. With this group you will be able to ask any questions in a judgment-free environment and a fellow student will help answer your question or point you in the right direction.

If you need advice about university, students can offer theirs or refer you to the appropriate university service.

What to do next

If you would like to join the Facebook group, or simply know more, email Joel.

Questions to think about

Before you contact the group you may want to think about the following issues:

  • Are you happy that other people will see your name?
  • Would you be willing to help answer other people's questions, if you know the answer?

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This toolkit is an adaptation of the Autism&Uni project led by Marc Fabri from Leeds Beckett University, under license CC BY 4.0. The original Autism&Uni project was funded with support from the European Commission with partners in the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. For more information about this project please visit the Autism&Uni website.