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Disability Advice


What Support is available?

The Disability Advice Team offers support, information and guidance on any disability related matters within our University.

Support is available to students with a range of disabilities and long term conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, a mental health condition (e.g. depression, anxiety, etc.), a long term health condition (e.g. epilepsy, IBS, diabetes, etc.), autism, a physical or a sensory condition.

Support is tailored on an individual basis in order to access the most effective support for you.

Examples of support students have found useful are:

  • Exam or Assessment adjustments (e.g. extra time, use of a PC, etc.)
  • Support with reading and research (e.g. extended book loans, assistance to locate or/and collect research material, access to alternative formats, etc.)
  • Access to specialist equipment and assistive software (e.g. text to speech to assist with research and proofreading, mind mapping to assist with planning and organising your work, a recording device to assist with note taking, etc.)
  • Access to handouts and notes in advance of taught sessions
  • Additional support from your tutors (e.g. assistance to catch up on missed work or to check your understanding, as required)
  • 1:1 Support (e.g. Mentoring, Study Skills tuition etc.)

Applicants register here

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Exam Adjustments

Exam adjustments need to be in place in advance of the start of the exam cycle and can only be recommended by the Disability Advice team. Therefore it is essential that you provide evidence of your disability and contact us to discuss exam adjustments prior to the below dates:

  • Friday 10th November 2017 for the January 2018 examinations
  • Friday 9th March 2018 for the May 2018 examinations

How can I access support?

Plus Icon Arrange a meeting with Disability Advice

Register with us to arrange a meeting to talk about any support needs you have and how we can implement any adjustments to ensure you have the best possible University experience.

The first appointment for a current, or prospective, student has with a disability adviser typically involves:

  • Discussing the impact of your disability or long term condition on your studies
  • Identifying any barriers and challenges you may face
  • Agreeing the adjustments, equipment or support needed to overcome these challenges
  • Identifying any funding you are eligible for and helping you to apply
  • Creating a Reasonable Adjustment Plan which details the impact of your disability/long term condition and any recommended support and adjustments
  • Discussing how, why and who this Reasonable Adjustment Plan will be shared with in order to implement support

To assist us in providing the most relevant and effective support please send written evidence of your disability (i.e. an Educational Psychologists Report as evidence of Specific Learning Difficulties or/and a letter from a qualified health professional for any other disability or long term condition) to us. To assist you in providing relevant evidence please see the links below:

Information for applicants

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The Disability Advice team offers support, information and guidance at any stage of the application process and throughout your time at our University.

Support is available to students with a range of disabilities and long term conditions such as:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc.)
  • Mental health conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Long term health conditions (e.g. epilepsy, IBS, diabetes, etc.)
  • Autism (including Aspergers)
  • Physical conditions
  • Sensory condition (e.g. visual or hearing impairment)

Register with us to talk about any requirements you may have with the application process or when studying with us. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible in your application process to find out about the support available at our University and to enable us to implement any adjustments prior to your arrival. The Disability Advice team is available all year round and we welcome prospective students to contact us and arrange a visit before their course starts.

To assist us in providing the most relevant and effective support please send written evidence of your disability (i.e. an Educational Psychologists Report as evidence of Specific Learning Difficulties or/and a letter from a qualified health professional for any other disability or long term condition) to us. To assist you in providing relevant evidence please see the links below:

Accommodation
If you want to secure University accommodation for the upcoming academic year it is important to apply early as some of the more popular rooms/accommodation blocks sell out quickly and they are allocated on a first come first served basis. This is particularly important if you require adjustments to your accommodation. You can apply here.

To arrange any adjustments or if you have any questions about this process please contact: accommodation@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Social Opportunities
Making friends and meeting new people can be a challenge for all new students but in some ways, it may be easier to meet people and make friends at University than it was in school. Everyone is in the same position and new to University so most students are keen to make new friends, particularly if they are living away from home. Being a large University we also have a lot of students with diverse interests, and so fitting in may not be as difficult as you might think.

Leeds Beckett Students’ Union has many clubs and societies that students can join, offering social opportunities in a more structured way.

You may also find this link useful if you want to meet new people:

Autism&Uni
The Autism&Uni toolkit supports students during the critical transition period from applying to university through to arriving and settling in. The toolkit was designed in collaboration with autistic students but we hope the information will be useful for all new students.

Confidentiality

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Information given to us by or about our students is held confidentially by the Disability Advice Team. This means that we will not discuss any information given to us outside of the Disability Advice Team except in the following circumstances:

  • When expressed written consent is given by the student (if the student's disability or long term condition is affecting their studies it may be beneficial to contact other staff within our University in order to ensure appropriate adjustments are made)
  • We have reason to believe that you or others are at risk of serious harm
  • Where there is a legal requirement to provide the information

Sharing information with parents/spouses/third parties, etc

Staff at Leeds Beckett University are unable to give out any information about a student either applying for a place at the University or a student currently studying at the University to a third party, without that student's express written consent. This includes parents, spouses, siblings, etc.

This is because UK law (the 1998 Data Protection Act) and University policy prohibit the disclosure of an individual's information, other than in certain situations. All Universities in the UK follow similar guidelines.

If you are worried about a student you can contact a member of staff who will take your concerns seriously. Although we are unable to give any information about a student, we can take information from you to act on as appropriate and we can also give general advice about what procedure would be followed/action taken in such cases.

Students are required to complete a Consent Form prior to any information being shared.

Funding and how to apply

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Students are often eligible to apply for a loan which can help to pay for university tuition fees and to help with living costs. Funding arrangements differ depending on the personal circumstances of the student and the chosen course. This process can take a long time so we would recommend applying early to give you the best possible chance of having funding in place in time for the start of your course. You can find more information here.

If you have any questions or concerns about this our Money Advice team will be able to help.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is government funding intended to cover the extra costs of having a disability or long-term condition. You can apply to your funding body (e.g. Student Finance England) for Disabled Students’ Allowance. Further information can be found here and how to apply here.

DSA can help with the cost of any additional support you might require whilst studying, such as:

  • One-to-one support (such as a specialist mentor or study skills tutor)
  • Specialist equipment (including useful software, such as mind mapping or text to speech)
  • Travel

DSA won’t cover costs that all students would have to pay for, like buying textbooks or standard laptops or tickets for the bus to and from university.

Leeds Beckett University Disability Assessment Centre 

Leeds Beckett University has a Disability Assessment Centre, which assesses study needs as part of the Disabled Students' Allowance process. If you have applied for Disabled Students Allowance and would like to book a Study Needs Assessment at Leeds Beckett, please find more information here. For a full list of Assessment Centres, please click here.

Support available for all students

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Student Hub
The Student Hub is a sign-posting service and a good place to start if you don’t know where to go. It is your first point of contact to access a range of support and advice, on areas including money (student loans, hardship funds, etc.), careers and employability (part-time work, CVs, etc.), wellbeing (counselling, mental health and emotional support) and immigration/visa advice. You can visit the Student Hub at City Campus or Headingley Campus or contact a member of the team using the following details:

Library Resources and Learning Support Officers
Information about the resources and support available in the Library, such as printing on coloured paper, the Disability Resource Area, how to find and reserve books, and contact details for the Library Learning Support Officer(s) is available here.

Skills for Learning
The Skills for Learning Team is based in the Library and offers a range of online resources, workshops and 1:1 tutorials to support academic development; from academic communication, to maths skills, to group skills, referencing and exam techniques.

Assistive Software
There is a range of assistive software available at our University, including text to speech and mind mapping software. If you are interested in finding out more about this software and how it can help you with your studies, you can find further details of the software available, user guides and training on this software here.

Alternative Formats
If you have a preferred way to access information, you may find SensusAccess beneficial. This enables you to convert written text into a variety of alternative formats, e.g. audio, kindle, braille, etc.

A V Loans – Short Term Equipment Loans
Audio Visual Loans offer a range of equipment (e.g. recording devices/laptop computers) for students to borrow on a short-term basis free-of-charge, to help with their studies. The AV Loans Team has a help desk based in both the James Graham and the Sheila Silver Library.

Autism&Uni
The Autism&Uni toolkit supports students during the critical transition period from applying to university through to arriving and settling in. The toolkit was designed in collaboration with autistic students but we hope the information will be useful for all new students.

Information for Study Needs Assessors

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Lecture Capture

Leeds Beckett University has lecture capture facilities in teaching spaces that are utilised by some staff on an ‘opt in’ basis. There are no lecture capture facilities available in other study spaces, for example, group study rooms, tutorial rooms. During the coming academic year we will be evaluating options for expanding the use of lecture capture, where appropriate.

Course Information

For more information about individual courses, please see our course handbooks.

Software

Leeds Beckett University can provide our students with free downloads of MS Office 365 and SPSS. We also have a range of assistive software available on campus.

If you have any queries please contact disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Download our NMH Rates from January 2017.

Other Information

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Leeds Beckett University Disability Assessment Centre

Leeds Beckett University has a Disability Assessment Centre, which assesses study needs as part of the Disabled Students' Allowance process. If you have applied for Disabled Students Allowance and would like to book a Study Needs Assessment at Leeds Beckett, please find more information here. For a full list of Assessment Centres, please click here.

Guidance for Leeds Beckett Staff

Staff at Leeds Beckett can find useful information to assist with supporting disabled students here.

Academic Regulations

Our University Academic Regulations set out our institutional approach to the maintenance of academic standards, the assurance of the academic quality and continuous enhancement of our awards and student learning opportunities. Please see section 2.6 for regulations that may be of particular relevance to disabled students.


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