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?
Funding is available for students needing to seek a full diagnostic assessment, following a screening appointment at the University with the Disability and Dyslexia (D&D) Coordinators in Student Wellbeing Service.
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?
There are Disability and Dyslexia Coordinators in each campus: Greenwich, Medway, and Avery Hill. They are part of the Student Wellbeing Service.
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 faculty/professional service has at least one Disability Named Contact (DNC) that act as the first point of contact for disability related queries and concerns. Students are made aware of the DNCs during induction and in appointments with the D&D Coordinators.
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 D&Ds, in discussion with the students and using relevant medical evidence and/or diagnostic reports, write Greenwich Inclusion Plans (GIPs) which outline reasonable adjustments and exam arrangements that students require to ensure that they can fully access their course and the services available at the University. The GIP is shared with staff on a need to know basis.
Each campus has a D&D coordinator, where possible the students will see the same person during their studies.
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 Student Wellbeing Service also consists of Mental Health Coordinators and Counselling Coordinators. Appointments are available for registered students.
University students can also access support for mental health via Togetherall.
The University offers disabled students transition to University support. This can be arranged via a unique Student Ambassador Initiative. Further information can be found about this on the University’s website.
One to one / group study skills
Does the institution provide support with arranging One to one/Group study skills sessions?
The D&Ds work closely with the University’s Academic Skills Team. This team provides group and one to one academic support to all students.
Social and Peer Support
Adapted accommodation in halls
Is adapted accommodation and specialist equipment available in halls of residence?
Students are encouraged to liaise with Accommodation Services as early as possible to discuss adaptations required to their halls of residence or if additional equipment is required.
Does the institution offer a standard level of assistive technology to disabled students?
The University has Read and Write (text to speech), Inspiration (mind mapping) available on the University network. Dragon Naturally Speaking (speech to text), Sonocent Audio Notetaker and My Study Bar are also available upon request.
Assistive technology can be used for examination support for students that require exam arrangements.
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 Student Wellbeing Service is offering all services remotely. For prospective students to register or speak to a D&D, they need to contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 331 7875