Support services

Summary of Adjustments (SoA) | Specialist tuition for students with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) | Specialist Mentoring for disabled students | Learning Support Assistants | Exam and assessment adjustments | Departmental Disability Co-ordinator (DDC) | A Guide for Parents and Carers | Employability 

Disability Services co-ordinate a wide range of support strategies based on your individual needs. We take into consideration the recommendations made in your medical evidence / Diagnostic report and DSA Needs Assessment report. Once permission to disclose has been given (and evidence has been provided), we create an individual support plan, called a Summary of Adjustments (SoA). This information is then shared with your department and relevant staff (e.g. for exam adjustments etc.).

The University of Roehampton maintains an in-house provision of Non-Medical Helper (NMH) support. Scroll down for detailed information on these support roles; click here for our NMH rates for Needs Assessors.

Summary of Adjustments (SoA)

Once received, your medical and diagnostic evidence information is held by Disability Services, and only viewed by staff working within Disability Services. Your support needs will not be discussed with others until you sign a disclosure form.

Disability Services review the evidence in the first instance and make recommendations regarding any disability adjustments that may be beneficial - this will be captured on a Summary of Adjustments (SoA) document.

The SoA is a document which lists adjustments that the University deems reasonable for a department to make in order for you to best demonstrate your academic ability.

Many of the adjustments are considered best practice and staff may already be implementing them. In addition, the list created on the SoA is not comprehensive and staff may like to discuss with you the best ways they can support you directly.

Your SoA will be emailed to you by Disability Services. Please check your SoA to make sure that you are receiving the adjustments that you are entitled to.


Specialist tuition for students with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD)

Specialist tuition is for students with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and AD(H)D who have received funding via the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) for specialist support. Tuition is not intended to give students with SpLD an advantage over their peers, rather the provision should address the differences which are due to your SpLD to enable you to achieve your full academic potential whilst studying at Roehampton.

Students are taught on a one-to-one basis. Where this is recommended, the sessions are developed in agreement with the student, taking into consideration the specific learning strengths and needs outlined in both the Diagnostic report and the DSA Needs Assessment report. Tuition sessions are usually weekly for one hour per week.

The main roles of the tutor are to:

  • Support students with SpLD to achieve their qualifications
  • Teach students to develop learning strategies that maximise their strengths and minimise areas of difficulty, so that they become independent autonomous learners
  • Help students to recognise both their learning strengths and weaknesses, and put strategies in place to overcome the latter
  • Where appropriate, liaise with academic staff, together with the student, to work more effectively as a team supporting differences in learning

Teaching sessions can be used to develop any of the following areas:

  • Writing skills
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence construction
  • Reading strategies
  • Spelling strategies
  • Proof-reading skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Skills in using assistive technology & software
  • Presentation and oral seminar skills
  • Research techniques (e.g. using the Library and Internet effectively)
  • Critical analysis and reflective thinking skills
  • Time management skills
  • Personal organisation
  • Memory techniques
  • Exam revision skills
  • Assignment planning & structuring
  • Skills in accessing relevant information on Moodle
  • Understanding plagiarism
  • Mind-mapping
  • Note-taking skills
  • Metacognition
  • Using tutor feedback from marked assignments to develop areas of strength
  • Where appropriate, assisting students to liaise with module tutors to seek clarification or guidance

The purpose of specialist teaching is to support students to develop independent study skills.

If you have been recommended Specialist Study Skills Support in your Needs Assessment report, or you feel this would be useful for you, please contact disabilities@roehampton.ac.uk to discuss this further.


Specialist Mentoring for disabled students

Specialist Mentoring is for students with Autistic Spectrum conditions, mental health and long-term health conditions who have received funding via the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) for specialist support. The provision should address any difficulties which are due to your disability, to help you achieve your full academic potential whilst studying at Roehampton.

Mentoring sessions are carried out on a one-to-one basis and the sessions are developed in agreement with the student, taking into consideration the specific learning strengths and needs outlined in both the Diagnostic report and the DSA Needs Assessment report. Mentoring sessions are usually weekly for one hour per week. Some students may require more support at the start of their course to aid with the transition to Higher Education.

The main roles of the mentor are to:

  • Support students with ASD, Mental Health and long-term health conditions to achieve their qualifications
  • Ensure that students manage their academic workload within the context of their condition
  • Provide general support which encourages autonomy and self-management, enabling the student to become more independent, confident in their work and to ultimately have a more successful university experience
  • Mentors are appointed to assist students with gaining access to their studies, their university environment and life on campus

Mentoring sessions can be used to develop any of the following areas:

  • Presentation and oral seminar skills
  • Communication and social interaction skills
  • Help in accessing the Library and other areas on campus
  • Time management skills
  • Personal organisation
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Dealing with change
  • Skills in accessing relevant information on Moodle
  • Using tutor feedback from marked assignments to develop areas of strength
  • Where appropriate, advocacy support – e.g. helping students to approach module tutors to seek clarification or guidance
  • Prepare for field trips or practical placements
  • Effective study strategies if they are struggling with organisation, motivation, time management, and staying focussed on their work

Specialist Mentoring is part of a package of services and should encourage students to develop independence and self-confidence.

If you have been recommended Specialist Mentoring in your Needs Assessment report, or you feel this would be useful for you, please contact disabilities@roehampton.ac.uk to discuss this further.


Learning Support Assistants

This support is provided for students with disabilities where inclusive approaches to teaching will not meet the disability related needs as outlined in the Needs Assessment report. LSAs may cover the following roles:

  • Manual note-taking
  • Examination support workers, such as readers and scribes
  • Study Assistants
  • Library Support Assistants
  • Practical Support Assistants

N.B. No personal care is carried out by a Learning Support Assistant - see Funding for information on personal assistance.

The main aims of the Learning Support Assistant are to:

  • Support students with physical, sensory or other health related conditions to achieve their qualifications;
  • Ensure that you can manage your academic requirements without being disadvantaged by your condition/s;
  • Assist you to gain equal access to your studies, University environment and life on campus.

Where required, students will be provided with a Learning Support Assistant if this is the best way to meet their needs, as identified in an initial Needs Assessment. Students should discuss their needs and how they can be met with the Disability Adviser.

To book an appointment with us please:

  • Send an email to disabilities@roehampton.ac.uk
  • Phone our office on 020 8392 3636
  • Come to one of our Drop-In sessions
    (1 – 2 pm Monday – Friday in term time)



Exam and assessment adjustments

We can make recommendations for adjustments in exams and in-class tests, based on a disability-related need, such as:

  • Extra time
  • Rest breaks
  • Shared, separate room
  • Individual room
  • Use of a computer and/or software
  • Access to a Reader and/or Scribe

Your exam adjustments will be outlined in your Summary of Adjustments (SoA). Please contact the Disability Service if you do not have a Summary of Adjustments.

Please note, there is a deadline for exam-related adjustments to be in place. This can be up to three months in advance of an exam, and will be confirmed for each exam period on Student News.

Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Additional time to complete coursework

All students are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and try to complete work on time. If you are worried that you will miss a deadline you can apply for an extension via the Mitigating Circumstances Portal. If additional time for coursework is on your Summary of Adjustments (SoA) you can give this as the reason.

 


Departmental Disability Co-ordinator (DDC)

Departmental Disability Co-ordinators (DDCs) are located in each academic department and play a vital role in ensuring that support, via reasonable adjustments and inclusive teaching, is provided for disabled students within their departments. You may wish to contact your DDC to discuss your needs in relation to your course of study.


A Guide for Parents and Carers

View parent and carers’ guide


Employability

The University of Roehampton offers a range of services to our students with a disability or Specific Learning Difference. Visit our Employability Centre for details of a number of services which provide advice and assistance.


 

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