Student Services Accessibility

Your Support

If you describe yourself as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 then you can discuss your needs with our Accessibility Team – Academic and Disability Support. You can find out about the types of students we support from our Academic Support leaflet and Disability Support leaflet.

Once you have provided us with appropriate evidence, we can create a Support Plan (formerly known as an Academic or Disability Referral Form) specifically for you.

Please see our Privacy Statement in line with GDPR for more information about how we share your data so that any recommended support can be put in place.

What you can expect from meeting with Disability Support

When you join us at university, either as an undergraduate or postgraduate, we can offer you a meeting with one of our Disability Advisers if you have a disability or long-term medical condition.

We will:

  • Explore your academic support requirements and what reasonable adjustments you require
  • Create a support plan taking account of your preferred ways of learning, including covering practical issues
  • Assess what you need and make internal referrals.
  • Make recommendations to your academic school/department.
  • Sign-post you to other services within and outside of the university.
  • Advise you on Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA), including how to apply and what to expect. If you have already applied for DSA, we will discuss your DSA status with you and what happens next.
  • If appropriate, refer you to the Specialist Study Support Tutor

Sometimes we will need to meet for more than one initial session and we will offer you a chance for a follow up.

Some students may need to meet with their adviser on a regular basis. In further meetings we will:

  • Create an effective supportive environment
  • Look at ‘how you work’– strategies used and new tools
  • Discuss any suitable small group study support as it become available
  • Liaise with schools and other services, providing an opportunity to explore options in teaching and learning

We can review your needs as you progress through your course. For example, you might plan to study abroad, go on placement or there may be changes to your condition.

Specialist Study Support Tutor

You will generally need to be referred to see the tutor by your Disability Adviser. The tutor’s role is complementary to that of the Disability Adviser.

The tutor will:

  • Offer study strategies teaching to foster independence and progression
  • Generally offer 6 sessions per academic year – up to 50 minutes per session
  • Expect 24 hours’ notice of cancellation and if you miss a maximum of 2 sessions without notice, the support will need to be reviewed.
  • Assist you in developing your academic writing strategies and this generally will work with a section of academic writing (current or previous)
  • If necessary, repeat sessions covering the same skills year on year

The tutor will not:

  • Provide proofreading or contribute to the content of any assignment
  • Carry out the role of the Disability Adviser

What you can expect from meeting with Academic Support

We provide specialist academic support for students with Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD or dyscalculia.

At your first meeting we will:

  • Explore reasonable adjustments, including alternative exam arrangements, and a Support Plan taking account of your preferred ways of learning
  • Advise you on Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA), including how to apply and what to expect. If you have already applied for DSA, we will discuss your DSA status with you and what happens next.
  • Discuss options for specialist tuition

Your next steps:

  • Attend focused workshops on specific study skills
  • Participate in small collaborative groups, developing independent learning skills
  • Access, if required, up to 6 student-centred 1 to 1 study support sessions per academic year. This could include developing strategies for: time management and organisation, note-taking, active reading, question analysis, writing approaches, revision and exam techniques

We do not

  • offer a proof reading service or contribute to the content of any assignment.

Accessibility (Academic Support, Disability Support and ACCESS Centre)

Cherry Tree Lodge
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44(0) 115 82 32070
For email contact information, please visit our Contact Accessibility page