- Disability Services are still here for you!
- TextHelp Read & Write
- Nicola Brown - My Journey
- Missed sessions with your Mentor
- Disability Service qualifies for 'Epilepsy Friendly' status
Disability Services are now online so wherever you are you can access our services - whether your preference is to email, speak on the phone or video call. Staff will be working normal office hours and are looking forward to hearing from you!
Students with PLSPs
General and new disability-related enquiry
Students should email the relevant Adviser should they meet with disability-related concerns impacting upon their studies:
If unsure which Advisory team to contact, email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can still access our services and resources, including speaking with our SpLD Advisers and having your queries answered, and / or arranging your one-to-one specialist study skills and strategy support (although we are not currently running the term time daily drop-in sessions).
To arrange one to one specialist study skills and strategy support online, please contact: email@example.com
Your allocated tutor will be able to advise you regarding the setting up of online support as relevant. For example, via Skype for Business or through Teams which is accessible through your student account: https://teams.microsoft.com/
To discuss any disability-related concerns impacting upon your studies, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unsure who to contact in the first instance, email: email@example.com
Students should email their mentor as per usual, or if they have any general queries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Advisers
We are offering email, Skype and phone appointments. Students can complete our self-assessment form to give us more information about their needs.
The Mental Health Advisers webpage also has lots of useful information and links to online resources.
For more urgent mental health or medical advice, contact your GP or Emergency Services.
Mental Health Drop in Sessions are going online
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 email@example.com, stating the outline of your situation and preferred method of communication (phone call or e-mail). A Mental Health Adviser will then get back to you.
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 check your emails for the instructions.
At the age of 17, I had my first seizure and as I got older my seizures became more frequent and by chance, I had a seizure in front of a nurse. I spent 6 weeks in Ysbyty Gwynedd and Dr. Bracewell was visiting another patient and had a look at my CT scan and said, “Walton now!”. By the end of that day, I was at Walton where I spent another month and was diagnosed with a large posterior right parietal AVM. I was placed on Phenytoin 450mg and I was given a 50/50 chance of survival. I had my surgery in December 2007; whilst they were prepping me for the surgery I hemorrhaged. My operation left me with Riddoch Phenomenon.
After many years of being a participant for Professor Rafal’s research, I became fascinated with the world of neuropsychology. I graduated last year from Bangor with a degree in psychology and I am now doing an MSc in Neuropsychology with Dr. Rudi Coetzer as my supervisor. I also have the pleasure of having Dr. Bracewell as one of my lecturers. I recently gave a talk about my journey with head injury at the Royal College of Medicine in London
I am a first language Welsh speaker and since coming to Bangor University, I have been diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Irlen Syndrome (scotopic sensitivity). I have had regular 1-1 Specialist Study Skills Support from the Dyslexia Team through the medium of Welsh and the support has proved invaluable. It took me a while to find the right tutor though and I have now been with the same 1-1 tutor for the last three years. My writing skills and how I structure and plan my work has improved and developing an understanding of how I can focus on tasks and how I revise and sit exams etc. has helped me to feel confident with academic work. I hope one day to work with individuals with acquired brain injury and help others to achieve their goals and dreams.
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