Advice and Support
Funding for an SpLD assessment
Can a student be referred for a Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) support with a Specialist teacher through the University?
Screening is completed with an adviser, then referred for full diagnostic assessment with student contribution of £90.
Disability Adviser available
Are there specialist staff available to talk to within the service? Is there a disability officer or a disability adviser for students to talk to?
The university has a team of disability advisers with specialist knowledge of a range of disabilities, assistive technology and funded support.
Support from academic staff
Is advice and support available from academic staff within the faculties of the University? How do students access this advice and support?
Support is available through course leaders, senior tutors, personal tutor, as well as departmental admin.
Staff continuity and understanding individual needs
Are the specialist disability staff in the team able to offer a personalised, bespoke response to a student’s needs? Where possible, is continuity provided for the student in meeting the same Disability Adviser and/or mentor so the student can get to know them over time?
Individual support is set up for students. Students are able to book with the same disability adviser if they wish to do so. We use a preferred supplier for mentoring support and as far as possible a mentor is assigned to a student for the academic year to ensure continuity of support.
One to one mentoring support
Are there any additional services available such as mentoring, counselling services or a buddy scheme to help a new student to settle in if needed?
Short-term specialist mentoring available through the Wellbeing team – can be referred to the Disability service if long-term support is needed. Counselling Service available, referral through the Wellbeing team.
One to one / group study skills
Does the institution provide support with arranging One to one/Group study skills sessions?
Yes, through the academic skills centre in the library, and through funded support (Goldsmiths Disability Fund / DSAs).
Social and Peer Support
Adapted accommodation in halls
Is adapted accommodation and specialist equipment available in halls of residence?
Yes including but is not limited to: alternative alarms, daylight bulbs, wheelchair accessible rooms/bathrooms, hoists, ergonomic equipment (chairs, mattresses etc), self-flushing toilets, etc.
Does the institution offer a standard level of assistive technology to disabled students?
Library computers have assistive technology. Goldsmiths also has a dedicated Assistive Technology Centre in the library, and site licences for ClaroRead and Inspiration software.
How has your Disability Support offer changed in light of the Coronavirus pandemic? Are in person appointments currently suspended? If prospective applicants would like to register with the Disability Service, how do they go about doing this currently?
Face-to-face appointments have been suspended. Appointments are held via the phone or Microsoft Teams. The service has provided guidance to academic colleagues about inclusive practice and reasonable adjustments for online teaching and learning, alternative assessment for exams, and are reviewing reasonable adjustments offered to students in light of Covid-19.
Prospective students can register via the Goldsmiths website. The university is still offering appointments and can discuss all support available in appointments.