Download our FREE Best Practice Guides for professionals supporting autistic students in Higher Education

Through our research we found that knowledge of how best to support autistic students is not consistent across Europe and often varies within a country. Pockets of best practice exist, and our Best Practice Guides aim to highlight and promote these in order to improve the prospects and number of HE students on the autism spectrum.

We recognise that one size does not fit all, so we have created three guides aimed at specific groups of people who are involved in supporting autistic students at university, outside the family. We have developed the guides with the help of autistic students, their parents, university tutors, school teachers, and autism support staff. Each guide focuses on

  1. ‘Takeaways’ – insights, ideas and prompts for making a positive change and good practice to share with colleagues, and
  2. Calls to action’ – direct action you can take immediately and without the help of others.

Autistic students who receive appropriate support in a timely manner thrive in higher education. Their skills and expertise are recognised and they have access to world class lectures and library facilities to support their special interests, and other opportunities that enable them to grow and develop. Following our guides will help you to help students make the most of their time studying and living at university.

How to receive a Best Practice Guide (FREE)

The quickest and easiest method is to download a guide in PDF format. For the English versions scroll down, for other language versions please use the links on the right. If you would like to receive a printed guide in English, Finnish, Dutch, Polish or Spanish, please contact the relevant project partner who will be happy to send you a copy (while stocks last).

We ask you for your contact details so that we can analyse information about the use of the guides. We will not pass on your details to anyone outside of the Autism&Uni team. We may contact you in the future to ask you about the impact the guides had on your practice and your organisation.

Are you interested in translating the guide into your own language? So are we! Please contact Dr Marc Fabri, Leeds Beckett University, m.fabri@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to discuss additional translations.

Download your PDF guide (in English) now

Thumbnail Guide1 GUIDE 1: For HEI managers and senior academics
Providing you with information and evidence to help you develop policies and practices that will benefit autistic students and improve the student experience at your institution. To download this guide, please enter your details:








Thumbnail Guide2 GUIDE 2: For HE lecturers and tutors
We share with you practical tips based on evidence from our research to enable you to make your learning and teaching practices more accessible and support you to build better relationships with autistic students. To download this guide, please enter your details:








Thumbnail Guide3 GUIDE 3: For professionals supporting autistic students within or outside HE Institutions
For specialists directly supporting autistic students. This may be as part of a disability support team within a HEI, or for an independent organisation that provides services to HE. We share insights from our research and from good practice across Europe that will help you improve student experiences and engagement with your information and services, and to develop your expertise. To download this guide, please enter your details: