Teachability

We aim to offer an inclusive and accessible learning environment for all our students. The School constantly monitors and reviews its academic provision in light of the guidelines provided by the Quality Assurance Agency.

In line with University practice, the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures has appointed a Teachability Co-ordinator: Dr John Ardila (DHT 12.09) j.ardila@ed.ac.uk

What does ‘Teachability’ mean?

All Schools need to evaluate the accessibility of the curriculum to disabled students, and to identify and implement changes to practice in order to avoid teaching and learning practices being barriers to disabled students participating fully in academic life. Where Schools have already carried out a review they will need to continue to review their teaching, learning and assessment in relation to the needs of disabled students, and to implement the findings of their review. We are describing these activities as ‘Teachability’.

Overall purpose of the Teachability Coordinator’s Role

School Teachability co-ordinators are responsible for taking a lead on Teachability work within their School, including engaging in activities at College and University level to monitor progress and share good practice. The School Teachability co-ordinator is responsible for the regular auditing of the School’s programmes and facilities accessibility to students with impairments, and to seek to implement the recommendations resulting from these audits. The School Teachability Coordinator welcomes and encourages any comments on teachability from staff or from students with a disability.

Students with a disability

University applicants are asked to disclose any disabilities in their UCAS application. If you have a disability but have not disclosed it, you should contact the University Disability Office without delay. Likewise, if you develop an impairment, you should also contact the Disability Office. http://www.disability-office.ed.ac.uk/ If you have a disability, we would ask and encourage you to contact the School Teachability Co-ordinator whenever you want to discuss or express any concerns regarding your participation in academic life. Any feedback from you is always welcomed and most appreciated.

What is a disability/impairment

UCAS distinguishes the following categories of disability (with their codes):

  1. No Disability
  2. You have a social/communication impairment such as Asperger’s syndrome/other autistic spectrum disorder
  3. You are blind or have a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses
  4. You are deaf of have a serious hearing impairment.
  5. You have a long standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy
  6. You have a mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder
  7. You have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D.
  8. You have physical impairment or mobility issues, such as difficulty using your arms or using a wheelchair or crutches.
  9. You have a disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above.
  10. You have two or more impairments and/or disabling medical conditions.

Academic Staff and Teachability

A range of policy documents, including The University’s Disability Equality Scheme and Disability Policy, is available on the Disability Office website.

The School Teachability Committees convened by the School Teachability Coordinator; its members include the School Coordinator of Adjustments and one representative from each of the other five LLC Departments. The current membership consists of:

* Dr John Ardila, School Teachability Coordinator (DELC)

* Dr Keith Hughes, School Coordinator of Adjustments (English Literature)

* Dr Neill Martin, Teachability Rep, Scottish and Celtic Studies

* Dr Andrew Marsham, Teachability Rep, IMES

* Dr Tommy McClellan, Teachability Rep, Asian Studies

Teachability and the Year Abroad

In some degree programmes, students are expected to spend a Year Abroad in the country of the language they study. We make every effort to ensure that all our students choose the best possible placement for their year abroad. Students with a Learning Profile are assisted by means of a set of policies/documents.

Year Abroad Risk Assessment form Template (for all students) Year Abroad Protocol to assist 2nd years

Information on Adjustments and Learning Profiles is available on http://www.disability-office.ed.ac.uk/provision/adjustments/


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