- Coronavirus - Important Information for Students
- Disability Adviser Online Drop-In
- Mental Health Drop In Sessions
- Useful Information
- TextHelp Read & Write
- Missed sessions with your Mentor
- Disability Service qualifies for 'Epilepsy Friendly' status
Information Booklet by the Welsh Government.
Go to Student Space for help to support you through the coronavirus pandemic.
Disability Advisers are available for a drop in slot every Tuesday 12 – 1pm.
Wednesday afternoon between 2pm and 3.30pm
In view of the current situation Cheryl, Fiona and Sioned are taking our regular weekly drop in session online. We will have to work it a little differently so that we can manage and respond fairly to students who need to speak with us.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the outline of your situation and preferred method of communication (phone, Microsoft Teams video call, or e-mail). A Mental Health Adviser will then get back to you.
you could join us at our group discussion, held via Microsoft Teams beforehand, 1pm - 1:30pm, working alongside email@example.com to talk about all aspects of well-being. You are under no pressure to speak; you can just listen, and you can private message one of the Mental Health Advisers to request an appointment in the drop in session that follows.
The mental health charity, MIND provides some excellent links to coronavirus and wellbeing. A link to practical suggestions about looking after your wellbeing is included at the foot of the page.
Bangor University has a site licence for TextHelp Read&Write – text-to-speech software which enables students to listen to any document, including Word, PDFs and web pages. Due to the university’s campus closure it is now possible to temporarily have the software for your own home computer, to enable you to continue to use Read&Write until the end of the academic year.
If you are interested in installing the software for home use, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
There are now very strict rules about missed sessions and we have to monitor closely student attendance. A maximum of two missed sessions will be paid for each semester, and after that the support may be suspended.
We understand it’s not always possible to provide more than 24 hours’ notice, but this change to the funding rules is very strict, so we are monitoring attendance closely and hope to minimise the number of missed sessions.
If you need to miss a session
Inform your Mentor as soon as possible. If you inform them with more than 24 hours’ notice the session will not be considered “missed”.
If you give less than 24 hours’ notice, or do not attend the session, it has to be recorded as “missed”. More than two missed sessions will not be funded via your DSA and an Adviser will need to speak to you before any more mentoring support can be arranged. If you repeatedly miss sessions, it is possible your funding for mentoring support will be withdrawn altogether.
Can’t get to your mentoring session?
Don’t worry! You can change the format of your mentoring session at the last minute, for example, to an email or phone mentoring session. As long as you are in contact with your Mentor during the booked time, the mentoring session is not “missed”. If you think having this option would be useful in your situation please let the Advisers know and discuss this with your Mentor.
The main thing is to Keep in Touch!
Disability Services at Bangor University has joined the organisation ‘Young Epilepsy’ and has qualified for ‘Epilepsy Friendly’ status. Ruth Coppell (Disability Adviser) is our delegate. The Epilepsy Friendly mark aims to recognise the higher education institutions that are going the extra mile to improve their understanding of epilepsy and better support their students.
Epilepsy is often misunderstood and so there can be confusion when it comes to support provisions. The Epilepsy Friendly mark provides reassurance that an institution is working to improve its understanding of epilepsy and the support that they can provide.
Young Epilepsy has a section on their website designed specifically for young people with epilepsy in higher education: youngepilepsy.org.uk/students