After meeting with you and receiving your disability related documentation, your Disability Adviser will create your Individual Support Plan (ISP) which details the relevant support and adjustments which have been agreed to meet your needs. You will be sent a copy of your ISP for your records.
Where applicable, your ISP document will be updated once you have had your DSA Needs Assessment to include any relevant recommendations made by your Needs Assessor and 1-1 support funded via Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs). If your circumstances and therefore your support needs change, please contact a Disability Adviser so that your Individual Support Plan can be updated.
Your ISP contains:
Exam Adjustments apply to formal written exams and time bound written in class tests only. If you require specific adjustments for written exams, please make an appointment to discuss these with a Disability Adviser as soon as possible. The appropriate recommendations will need to be discussed and added to your Individual Support Plan well in advance (usually by mid February for on campus exams) to guarantee that adjustments can be made. Late requests will be considered but provision cannot be guaranteed.
Exam adjustments may include but are not restricted to:
|Extra time||Extra time allowances (25%-100%) are added to the time allocated to complete the assessment task itself and is not to any additional administration time given to allow for uploading work or the overall assessment completion window. Extra time allowances stated are inclusive of time allocated for rest breaks (where applicable).|
|Reader support||The role of a reader is to read all written instructions and questions provided by your faculty word for word at an appropriate speed, as many times as required. A reader will not provide any explanation or clarification of the information/ questions provided.|
|Scribe Support||Scribe Support: The role of a Scribe is to write/ type your responses to exam questions as dictated by you. You can ask your scribe to read your answers back to you once they are written and direct any necessary amendments. A scribe is not expected to place punctuation into sentences unless directed to by you, or to be able spell unusual or unfamiliar terminology.|
|Allowances for spelling / grammar / punctuation||Dispensations for spelling, grammar and punctuation only apply to written exams and time bound written in class tests only. Dispensations do not apply to course work,. However, marks should not be deducted for spelling errors or minor errors in punctuation and grammar in coursework, unless linked to the learning outcomes and specified in the assessment marking criteria.|
|Use of a computer||On campus exams which are usually hand written will be scheduled to take place in an alternative venue and a USW computer made available for you to type your exam papers.|
|Separate / Small Room||On campus exams will be scheduled to take place in a separate venue from the rest of your cohort / in a smaller venue with fewer peers.|
As a result of COVID 19, the university has adapted its delivery model for the current academic year to a blended learning model. As a result many assessments which are usually exams / in class tests, are currently being delivered as online assessments.
If you have any questions or concerns about your online assessments, please discuss with your course/ module leader in the first instance.
Whilst deadline extensions can be useful in the short-term, repeated extensions can create a backlog of work, which can have a negative impact on progression. Where possible disabled students are therefore encouraged to aim to complete their work within the usual deadlines.
However, the University recognises that disabilities can have an affect a student’s ability to effectively manage their studies and submit academic work that demonstrates their learning, within the standard time frames.
Disabled students who have an Individual Support Plan (ISP) in place (or equivalent if studying at a USW partner college) are therefore permitted to submit coursework within the late submission period (5 working days), without the usual penalties (The five-day grace period does not apply to examinations, in class tests, presentations, clinical practice appraisals or performances). Regulations for Taught Courses (pdf)
If you have concerns about assessment deadlines, which are not addressed by the above anticipatory adjustment, you should discuss your circumstances with a Disability Adviser. If appropriate “flexibility around deadlines” will be added as a reasonable adjustment to your Individual Support Plan (ISP). You will then be able to apply for additional reasonable adjustments to particular assessment deadlines when required via the Extenuating circumstances process. Extensions are not granted by default and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.