Getting Started

If you have a disability and require support during your studies, you may wish to register with the Wellbeing and Disability Service and make an appointment with a Disability Adviser. (If you are studying at a USW partner college please contact your college).

We recommend that applicants / new students make contact with our service at the earliest opportunity (preferably before your course starts), so that we can ensure that appropriate adjustments and support are in place from the start of your course.

You will be requested to provide documentation relating to your disability. This may be in the form of a letter from your consultant or doctor outlining the nature and extent of your impairment / disability. If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty you will need to provide a post-16 diagnostic assessment report conducted by a suitably qualified person, such as an Educational Psychologist. If you are a USW student and you suspect that you may have dyslexia or another SpLD / require an up to date assessment, the Disability Service can help you to arrange an on site assessment with an appropriately qualified assessor.


Consent

Under the Disability Service Confidentiality Framework, all information you provide is treated as sensitive and is held confidentially, except in the most extreme circumstances (i.e. Where: you are putting yourself at some serious risk; your behaviour is adversely affecting the legal rights of others; staff are being placed in a position where their professional integrity is compromised; disclosure is required by law).

When you meet with a Disability Adviser, you will be asked to sign a Data Consent Agreement, agreeing that the Disability Service can store your information and share relevant information with appropriate staff and external agencies (please note: If you do not give consent to share information, the support which can be provided may be restricted).

The Disability Service does not routinely include the details of students’ disabilities in communication with other University staff. However, your Disability Adviser will discuss with you, the benefits of making an Enhanced Disclosure, whereby some more detailed information about your disability can be be made available to appropriate University Staff.

Please note: The Disability Service will not share your personal information or information about your support plan with your parents or family members without your full knowledge and express permission (unless in extreme circumstances as outlined above). If you feel that it is necessary for family members to be able to liaise with the Disability Service on your behalf, please discuss this with your Disability Adviser.