Student Disability Service

Supporting students

Information on how to help disabled students, including the University leaflet on helping distressed students.

Support for disabled students

The Student Disability Service doesn't just exist to support students, but also to work with University staff to provide effective and appropriate support to students with a range of impairments. In addition we work with the rest of the University to improve accessibility and awareness in general.

Supporting students on the autistic spectrum

The European-funded Autism&Uni initiative has published two best practice guides for those teaching and supporting autistic students in higher education.

Coordinators of Adjustments

This guidance is for Co-ordinators of Adjustments (CoAs) in Schools. It consists of a two part manual.

Accessible assessments

Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) are sometimes provided with stickers for exams. This guidance will provide advice on how these stickers should be used as well as how and if they affect the assessment of the students’ work.

Accessible placements

Guidance for staff arranging accessible work and teaching placements for disabled students.

Accessible technology

Guidance for staff on making information, activities and materials accessible and details on assistive technologies available to students and staff.

Helping distressed students

The University has produced a guide for staff who need to help distressed students.

Mental health

Information on the Student Disability Service's Mental Health Mentor Service.

Deaf awareness good practice guide

The University has produced a good practice guide for staff working with deaf or hearing impaired students.

Handling student disclosure

Information and guidance on what members of staff should do if a student discloses a disability, health condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit (hyperactive) disorder, autistic spectrum).

Viva Guidance for students who have Asperger’s Syndrome and/or Specific Learning Difficulties

The Student Disability Service has produced a brief guide for Viva Examiners of PhD students with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Coursework stickers no longer in use for dyslexic students

From academic year 2013, the Student Disability Service will no longer recommend (the use of) or provide stickers which dyslexic students can attach to their coursework. Availability and use of exam stickers will continue.

Information for Access Centres

The University has produced a list of the hourly rates currently charged for all non-medical personal help used in the support of students. This information is provided to DSA QAG and may be useful to needs assessors. It is reviewed and updated annually.

Guidelines for Named Contacts for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

The Student Disability Service has produced a guidance document for University staff who are working with students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This document contains an overview of ASDs, comprehensive information about the difficulties students with ASDs can experience, and details of the role of the Named Contact.

Guidelines for Named Contacts for students with Attention Deficit Disorders

The Student Disability Service has produced a guidance document for University staff who are working with students with Attention Deficit Disorders. This document contains an overview of Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, (AD(H)D), information about issues which may affect students with AD(H)D and details of the role of the Named Contact.

Guidance for marking exams

This guidance refers to examination scripts which carry a sticker informing markers that the student has specific learning difficulties.

Guidance for coursework assessment of students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)

None of our students with specific learning difficulties wishes to compromise the standards of the University. However, they do want to be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of their coursework. These students are eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) to purchase equipment and software, and to employ Student Support Assistants such as proofreaders, note-takers and dyslexia tutors.

Mental health experiences - videos

As a part of the University’s commitment to equality and diversity on 19th January 2012 the University became a signatory to the 'see me' pledge. To support the pledge to the campaign the University created an action plan outlining resources to improve throughout the organisation by raising awareness of mental health issues.

Information for disabled staff

The Student Disability Service is primarily a service for students. We aim to assist University staff in their support of students; we do not provide support directly to disabled staff. However we can point you in the right direction and inform you of who to contact.

Finding out about dyslexia

If you think you might be dyslexic or have other related difficulties, please come and speak to one of our Advisors who would be happy to discuss your concerns.