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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.