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?
A student can initially book an appointment with a Disability Adviser for a SpLD screening. Depending on the outcome of the screening, a referral will be made for the student to have a full diagnostic assessment. This is fully funded by the University.
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?
Yes. Our team is made up of Disability Advisers and Mental Health 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?
Advice and support can be access through pre-arranged meetings, email, phone, video call or within set seminar times. Some academics may also have an ‘open-door’ policy at set hours. Each Academic School may differ slightly.
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?
It is possible to see the same Disability Adviser for continuity purposes. However, this cannot always be guaranteed due to staff holiday, sickness or other staff commitments.
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?
There is a counselling service available at UWL. Peer Mentor support is available from UWL’s Engagement Team. Specialist Mentoring is provided by external services.
One to one / group study skills
Does the institution provide support with arranging One to one/Group study skills sessions?
We have internal and external providers for 1-1 specialist study skills sessions. The University also provides general 1-1 academic support, workshops, language and maths support via our Academic Support Team.
Social and Peer Support
Adapted accommodation in halls
Is adapted accommodation and specialist equipment available in halls of residence?
UWL does not offer student accommodation on campus but our UWL Accommodation team can help and support you to find fully accessible accommodation with one of our accommodation partners in the local area to meet your individual needs.
Does the institution offer a standard level of assistive technology to disabled students?
Yes. A list of what is currently available can be found here.
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?
Due to the current pandemic, we are currently offering all our appointments via telephone or encrypted video call (Zoom). UWL’s Student Services use an online booking system called the Student Hub. If you are a prospective student, it’s quick and simple to use to register and book an appointment with the Disability & Mental Health Team. You can set up a user account here: https://uwldmh.targetconnect.net/unauth/440041/login
If you would like any support with this or would like to speak to a member of the team, please contact us by telephone: 020 8231 2739 or email: Wellbeing@uwl.ac.uk.
The team are still offering ‘drop-in’ 10 minute face to face appointments for enrolled students every day on campus.