If you have a disability and require support the first step is to make an appointment with one of our specialist Disability Advisers to discuss your needs:
If you are studying at a USW partner college please contact your college.
You may find the following diagram helpful: The process for Exploring Support.
We recommend that applicants / new students make contact with our service and have an appointment with a Disability Adviser 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.
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.
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.
Section B of your ISP will be made available to appropriate University staff in order for agreed adjustments to be put in place. Where an enhanced disclosure has been made, a statement about your disability (as agreed with you) will be included.
If your circumstances and therefore your support needs change, please contact a Disability Adviser so that your Individual Support Plan can be updated.
If you are likely to experience difficulty in safely evacuating University buildings in the event of an emergency evacuation, please discuss your requirements with your Disability Adviser. Your Disability Adviser will gather some further information about your requirements and possible support/ adjustment requirements and will pass this information on to your faculty. Your faculty will then liaise with you to draw up a PEEP which meets your requirements.
If you require exam provisions for an in-class test, please contact the lecturer who has set this assessment and provide them with a copy of part B of your Individual Support Plan directly, which will outline your recommended exam support.
For further information, Disability Rights uk have produced a helpful guide to accessing disability related support in Higher Education: Into HE 2018.