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?
We fund Specific Learning Difference assessments for students who require this. These are full diagnostic assessments for dyslexia and dyspraxia, and can consider whether a student has indications of ADHD.
We can provide this funding once you are fully enrolled on your course. We do not ask for a contribution from students and this is not means tested. Please contact the disability team for more information about this process.
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?
We have a number of dedicated Disability Advisors who provide specialist advice to students. We also have a team of Mental Health Advisors to provide tailored advice to students with diagnosed mental health conditions.
Once we receive a copy of your medical evidence, we allocate a Disability or Mental Health Advisor to work with you. We will set up support and recommend reasonable adjustments based on your individual needs and are available to review this support if needed throughout your studies.
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?
Every student is allocated a Personal Tutor. It might not be a member of staff who teaches you, but should be linked to your subject. Your Tutor can support you to:
Prepare for assignments and assessments
Make progress in areas where you’d like to improve further
Explore ideas to help you find work
Each faculty also has an Academic Success Centre for students who would like additional advice or guidance on their research, writing or referencing skills.
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?
Once the university receives a copy of medical evidence, we will allocate a student a Disability or Mental Health Advisor to work on a 1:1 basis to provide tailored advice and support.
You are welcome to contact your named advisor at any stage throughout your studies. We are available to talk through issues that may arise and signpost you to support within the university, or externally. We can also review your support if your needs change throughout your course.
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?
DSA mentoring is arranged with local providers. The university is able to support throughout the DSA application process. The Wellbeing team offers a counselling service, a listening service, time management and stress management sessions and daily drop ins. Buddying support can be arranged to help students settle in and familiarise with the university environment.
The Head Start programme is a free scheme to prepare for life as an undergraduate student and provide an opportunity to answer any questions.
One to one / group study skills
Does the institution provide support with arranging One to one/Group study skills sessions?
The Disability & Mental Health Advisors are available to support students with arranging their DSA funded 1:1 Study Skills sessions. Advisors are also available to support with the DSA application process. The university also funds 1:1 Study Skills support for students who are not eligible for the DSA (e.g. for international students).
Each faculty has an Academic Success Centre for students who feel they would like additional advice or guidance on their research, writing or referencing skills.
Social and Peer Support
Adapted accommodation in halls
Is adapted accommodation and specialist equipment available in halls of residence?
We have accommodation available to meet individual support requirements. This includes adapted rooms for students with hearing or visual impairments or rooms for students who require wheelchair accessibility. For more information about our halls of residences and to take a virtual tour of the accommodation, please see the Accommodation website.
Please contact the disability team to discuss any individual requirements you may have for your accommodation.
Does the institution offer a standard level of assistive technology to disabled students?
Students can access the following assistive technology on all university computers on campus:
Text Help (text to speech software)
ClaroRead (text to speech software)
Inspiration (mind mapping software)
Our Assistive Technology Rooms based on each campus have additional software including Dragon (speech to text software) and Jaws (magnifier and screen reader).
We run an information and demonstration session for this software in Induction week. We are currently in the process of confirming what software will be available on a remote basis due to Covid-19.
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?
We are not currently offering face-to-face appointments due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are available for remote meetings (for example, using online platforms or phone calls) and are available through email.
It is best to email us in the first instance (email@example.com) if you have any specific questions about your individual support requirements.
Please email a copy of your medical or diagnostic evidence to us so we can start the process of setting up support and allocating a Disability or Mental Health Advisor to work with you.
If prospective students would like to speak to an advisor, we can arrange a phone call. Please email us to request this.