Getting Started

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:

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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.

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.

On receipt of your documentation, your Disability Adviser will compile your Individual Support Plan (ISP) which details the relevant support and adjustments which have been agreed to meet your needs.

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.

You should take a copy of your Individual Support Plan to each examination you have.

Possible Exam Adjustments

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 before February 14th in order to guarantee that adjustments can be made.

Late requests for adjustments for written exams can be discussed and submitted up until March 15th and will be considered but provision cannot be guaranteed.

The Assessment and Awards Unit will contact you in March each academic year to confirm details of your exam support and the modules for which you are expected to sit exams in May. If you do not receive correspondence but require examination support, you must contact a Disability Adviser” immediately.

If you do not respond by the deadline given, support arrangements for your examinations will not be made.

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.

If appropriate your Disability Advisers will assist you in making an application to your funding body for Disabled Students Allowances funding to cover the cost of additional specialist disability related support.

Your Individual Support Plan will be updated to incorporate any additional support recommendations which are made as a result of the DSA Needs Assessment process.

For further information, Disability Rights uk have produced a helpful guide to accessing disability related support in Higher Education: Into HE 2018.