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?
SGUL offer screening for SpLD and can refer for a diagnostic assessment where required. The payment for this is means tested.
The university has an in house SpLD study skills support service which students can be referred to.
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 full time disability advisor available in student services who is available for drop ins and pre arranged meetings.
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?
Students have a dedicated personal tutor who they can contact with any issues. In addition, each course team has a dedicated person who will be able to deal with disability related issues. Staff can make referrals to the disability service where appropriate.
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?
The disability advisor provides individual support to each student using the service. As we are a small team, this allows for us to get to know students individually and unless there are staff changes, the advisor will remain the same throughout the course. Where appropriate we can sometimes also arrange for a student’s personal tutor to remain the same throughout their studies to maintain 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?
The university has a confidential counselling service available for all students. The disability advisor can make referrals to external mentoring providers and can arrange for a ‘buddy’ where required.
One to one / group study skills
Does the institution provide support with arranging One to one/Group study skills sessions?
As well as having a specialist one to one SpLD studyskills service, there is also general studyskills support available through the Academic Success Centre.
Social and Peer Support
Adapted accommodation in halls
Is adapted accommodation and specialist equipment available in halls of residence?
We have a number of adapted rooms available. Students are requested to state in their application if they need a specially adapted room. Where required, returning students are prioritised for rooms in halls based on disability.
Does the institution offer a standard level of assistive technology to disabled students?
Read & Write is available on all networked computers, and the university can provide individual licences for various other pieces of assistive software as required.
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 disability service remains open and is operating on a full time, remote basis. For the time being, face to face appointments are not possible, and students are encouraged to contact the service via email initially, after which time phone or video call appointments can be scheduled where required.