Staff supporting students

Supporting disabled students

Practical steps to make adjustments in teaching delivery

The list below is in no way exhaustive or prescriptive, but as a guide to some practical steps you can take to make your teaching accessible:

• Lecture notes available on SUCCEED two days in advance
• Face audience when speaking
• Good quality slides and PowerPoint presentations
• Standardised accessible text used in handouts, presentations and other course materials (e.g. min 12pt, preferably 14pt Arial)
• Pace teaching delivery and allow short gaps for those using sign language interpreters for example
• Audio visual materials are subtitled, having sign language interpretation and visual descriptors
• Developing equipment to take account of various needs
• Consider flexible timetabling

Remember that advice is available from Student Support Services and other staff involved in Accessibility & Inclusion Services.
Details of staff training courses can be found via the HR website.

Resources for University staff - what does the legislation mean and how can I support my students?

For staff supporting student participation in field trips, work placements and/or study trips abroad the following resources below prove useful. Students will also find these resources useful

For staff supporting student’s participation in lectures, tutorials and group work the following resources below prove useful. Students will also find these resources useful.

Accessible Teaching and Learning Practice - Projects and Research

Class Tests

Exam and class test information for Disability Contacts (DC)

Each School has appointed Disability Contacts (DC). The DC should ensure that they are aware of the current University policies on support for disabled students so they are able to advise staff and students within their section.

To help the Exams Office and Accessibility & Inclusion Service staff to adequately prepare for making the necessary arrangements for class tests and examinations, it is the responsibility of the DC to ensure that the Exams Office is informed of all non-centrally timetabled examinations and class tests that could affect disabled students. Each semester the A&I Service sends a reminder to Schools asking for notification of dates.
During our assessment processes, it may be identified that some students require an alternative assessment method to the standard end of module examination. This affects only a small number of students. Where this is required it will be clearly recorded on the student’s Agreed Record of University Adjustments (ARUA).

Please note that the A&I Service will not remind each faculty of those students who require an alternative arrangement during the semester as this information is clearly recorded on the ARUA.

Schools should complete one ‘Notification of alternative to centrally timetabled examinations form’ (available in the ‘Guidance For Schools’ document circulated semesterly) for each alternative arrangement which is agreed. In all cases, it will be necessary to ask the student to sign the ‘Notification of alternative to centrally timetabled examinations form’. This is to ensure that there is no misunderstanding surrounding the arrangements.

Getting access to ARUAs

Module co-ordinators should have automatic access to ARUAs. If you are a module co-ordinator and you cannot see ARUAs, contact Student Programmes on ext. 6685 to ensure they have the correct module co-ordinator details.

Disability Contacts (DC) will need to be given permissions to view ARUAs as they are appointed to the role. Therefore if you are a new DC, you should contact the Accessibility & Inclusion Service in the first instance to advise us of your appointment to this role are who you are replacing.
Some divisional administration staff also have access to ARUAs where this is required to support class test activities. Access to ARUAs for divisional administrative staff can be applied for through School Managers to the Head of the A&I Service.

Disability Contacts

The information contained here will be useful for those fulfilling the role of Disability Contact within schools and divisions. A full list of disability contacts can be found here.

Disability Contact Role Outline (Word)

Resources for Disability Contacts

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