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?
The RVC offers a screening service for students who suspect they may have a learning difference. Once a student has undergone a full diagnosis they are eligible for specialist support via the DSA. In house study skills support is available for all students.
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 Disability Adviser is based in the Advice Centre, along with the Mental Health Adviser, Student Money Adviser and four Students Wellbeing Advisers.
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?
Each student is matched with a personal tutor.
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?
There is 1 Disability Adviser who is available across campus 4 days a week. All Advice Centre staff liaise regularly to support the needs of RVC students. Support is tailored to an individual students needs and we strive to ensure continuity of external specialist support staff so students feel well supported.
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?
The RVC has a counselling service available for all students.
One to one / group study skills
Does the institution provide support with arranging One to one/Group study skills sessions?
In house study skills support is available both on a 1:1 basis and online.
Social and Peer Support
Adapted accommodation in halls
Is adapted accommodation and specialist equipment available in halls of residence?
Disability liaise with colleagues in Accommodation Office to make reasonable adjustments where needed.
Does the institution offer a standard level of assistive technology to disabled students?
ClaroRead is installed on all networked computers on site.
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?
The same level of support is being offered remotely while it is not possible to offer face to face appointments. All students with declared disabilities are being directed to the Advice Centre.