Even if you’re not exactly sure what kind of support you’ll require at university, don’t worry. By booking a needs assessment appointment with an Accessibility and Inclusion Adviser, you’ll be able to discuss your individual needs and get more info about suitable assistive technology, Disabled Students Allowance entitlement and other appropriate support services. To book your needs assessment appointment email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In agreed cases, we can alter the exam format to accommodate your specific needs – from the use of assistive technology, to extended time limits or the production of exam papers in an alternative format. We’ve also taken creative approaches in the past to finding other means of assessment – such as additional course work or spoken tests – where exams aren’t appropriate.
If you receive funding for a helper (e.g. a Mental Health Mentor or dyslexia tutor) through the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), the University can employ someone for the role on your behalf. We’ll endeavour to match you with a non-medical personal helper as soon as possible, and will also provide guidance on how you can work together effectively. In some cases, we may be able to employ a helper who you have identified yourself, for example someone you may have worked with previously. Read more about the process of employing personal helpers and contact email@example.com to discuss your needs. Please note – we allocate helpers on a first come, first served basis, so it’s important you make contact with us as soon as you receive your award letter from the DSA.
Our Alternative Formats Service ensures you can access library and course materials in a way that works for you. Your course reading can be made available in Braille or on audiotape if we’re given advance notification, and we can also direct you to specialist equipment and facilities in the library. If you need to take advantage of these services, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +44 (0) 1786 467225.
If you require some adjustments to the way your course curriculum is delivered, our Accessibility and Inclusion service can record your needs on a central document called the Agreed Record of University Accessibility Adjustments (ARUAA). The information on your ARUAA will be compiled during your needs assessment appointment and, with your permission, shared with academic members of staff so they can give you the best possible support through your studies. An ARUAA might include details about, for example, certain exam arrangements your Faculty needs to put in place to support you.