The Disability Support Service provides a confidential, professional and accessible service for disabled students.The objectives of the Disability Support Service are to:
The Disability Support Service supports individuals with any impairment/disability, medical condition or injury, including those with:
Please contact the Disability Support Service for further information, a confidential chat, or to arrange an appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01483 216657.
Download the Disability support policy (pdf)
If you have a disability, medical or mental health condition or specific learning difficulty, please make sure that you let the university know at application stage.
This information will allow us to contact you prior to your course to ensure that we can work with you to make informed decisions about the support you may require.
We can then also liaise with others who should know about the effects of your disability, such as teaching staff and the assessments office.
It is important to understand the value of declaring your disability. If we do not know about it, the university may not be able to provide the support you require. It is advisable and beneficial to declare your disability when applying. However, you can let the Disability Support Service know at any stage of your course. Please note that support cannot be backdated; in some cases of late disclosure students may need to take a break from study in order that sufficient support can be put in place for them. We would therefore encourage you to disclose your disability to us as soon as possible, as failure to do so may affect our ability to put in place certain adjustments that you may require.
The information that you provide will be used to enable us to liaise with those colleagues who need to know about the support that you require.
Your data will not be disclosed for other purposes without your consent, except where there is a legal obligation to do so or where exceptional issues of personal safety arise.
The information will be processed and held in the university administration systems and used for the administration of your academic related support and any other legitimate university purpose. In doing so, the university will observe at all times the data protection principles embodied in the Data Protection Act 1998. Where a student discloses a disability for the first time to a member of university staff, the staff member is then deemed to have received the information on behalf of the university and has a duty of care to report the student’s declaration of a disability to the Disability Support Service.
When choosing to study at one of The University of Law’s centres you may wish to consider:
For applicants with significant physical difficulties we can arrange a personal visit to your chosen centre so that you can see for yourself whether The University of Law would suit you. If you would like to do so, please contact the Disability Support Service as early as possible in the application process to arrange a centre visit.
The Disability Support Service And Your DSA
The Disability Support Service can:
Send us your Disabled Student Allowance application (with required medical evidence) either by post or e-mail, and we will check that it is filled in correctly and post it for you.
If it is not filled in correctly, we will let you know of any amendments that you need to make, and post the application once any mistakes are rectified.
EU and International students are not covered by the UK Disabled Students' Allowance system.
Students who are not eligible for DSA funding are advised to contact the Disability Support Service as soon as possible. A Disability Support Officer can discuss any additional funding options that may be available to you.
Trusts may help you for different reasons, depending on their criteria. For example, they may help because of:
Please visit www.disabilityrightsuk.org/funding-charitable-trusts for more information
For further information about State Benefit Assistance please visit:
The Disability Support Service provides advice to students at The University of Law on Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s) such as Dyslexia.
You may have been referred to us via your tutor who suspects that you may have a specific learning difficulty. Alternatively, you may be concerned that you might have a specific learning difficulty and it is affecting your academic performance. Please contact us email@example.com if you would like to discuss being assessed for a Specific Learning Difficulty. The University of Law refers students to the Educational Guidance Service www.egs.org.uk for assessment.
If your report has recommended exam access arrangements such as the use of a PC or extra time, it is essential that you alert the Disability Support Service. It is important that this is done at the earliest opportunity, as there are strict deadlines that govern this process. More information on this process can be found in the Disability Support Agreements section of this website.
The Disability Support Agreement is a document which specifies all the reasonable adjustments individual student is entitled to whilst studying at the University of Law.The Disability Support Agreement is put together by the Disability Support Service team, we will require supporting medical evidence in order to put any reasonable adjustments in place.
Access arrangements for examinations at The University of Law must be approved by the Disability Support Service, based either on medical evidence, or on a full diagnostic report written by an Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher.
The recommendations for exam access arrangements, for example, the amount of extra time requested, must be clearly and specifically stated.
To be valid, the report must be:
Non-Medical Assistance is the (non-medical) human support recommended in a students Disabled Students' Allowance Student Finance entitlement letter and may include the following:
The support is out-sourced from an external agency.
Please contact the Disability Support Service if you have any queries firstname.lastname@example.org
PEEPs are advance plans for those who may need assistance or special arrangements during an emergency evacuation.
If you think that you may need assistance leaving the building in the event of an emergency please contact the Disability Support Service.
If you have any first aid requirements please contact the Disability Support Service.
This page aims to provide information that is commonly required for Needs Assessment reports.For Band 1 and 2 support the University of Law solely uses Clear Links as our support provider. If you require further information, or have specific recommendations not otherwise covered in this information, then please contact us on 01483 216657 or email@example.com to discuss the matter with one of our team.
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