Support and assistance
The Student Disability Service employs about 50 Student Support Assistants. These include notetakers for lectures, proofreaders for essays, study skill support and software tuition.
Student Support Assistants
If you need help at University we can assist you in getting a Student Support Assistant. These can provide the following types of support:
- taking lecture notes.
- assistance to use libraries and moving around campus.
- proof reading essays for spelling and punctuation.
- reading books/course materials in audio form.
- providing tuition in specialist/assistive technologies.
- providing study skills support.
We also employ a number of Student Support Assistants who provide very particular types of support, such as Mental Health Mentors and Specific Learning Difficulties Tutors.
If you require specialist assistance, such as sign language interpreters, we will also help to link you to the most relevant organisation or individual to the get the support that is needed.
How do I get support from a Student Support Assistant?
- First you need to meet with a Disability Advisor, they will discuss the support that you need and will also go through the funding process with you.
- Once your funding is approved you will be put in contact with a Student Support Assistant.
- You can then discuss with the Student Support Assistant how the support they are to provide will be carried out.
- Although the Support Assistant is employed by the Student Disability Service, the day to day working relationship is between you and the Support Assistant, and so it is up to you to make it clear how you want things to be done.
Support assistants and the Learning Profile
Sometimes it will be necessary to incorporate elements of the support provided by the Student Support Assistant into your Learning Profile, such as:
- This student will/is likely to have a note taker in lectures/tutorials/seminars: please permit the note taker to remain in class but do not identify the student concerned
This article was published on Jul 27, 2011