Disability - Prospective students

Please choose from one of the links below for information:

Guidance for disabled students thinking about studying in higher education

FAQs for Applicants

UCAS have put together a useful resource for prospective students to answer any questions they may have on support available at universities. See here.

Into Higher Education 2017

Into Higher Education is a guide for disabled students thinking about studying in higher education. It deals with common questions such as whether the college or university will be accessible, how to choose a course and what support will be available.

Disability Rights UK also provides Education Factsheets and a Disabled Students helpline

University: choosing and applying

Useful guidance from the National Autistic Society (NAS).

Chemistry student Daniel Jones, an experienced ‘vlogger’, has recently contributed to Bangor University‘s own ‘Getting Ready for University’ channel on YouTube:

Worries about Starting University with Asperger's Syndrome (ASD):

https://youtu.be/LPACh0BAsTo

The channel also has short films on everything from cooking on a budget and making friends to how to apply to University, from some of the University’s own staff and students, who provide the best advice and top tips:

Get Ready For University:

Advice on preparing for University on the Get Ready for University YouTube channel.

Including disability-related information on your UCAS form or Postgraduate application form.

It’s really important to include information about your impairment, long-standing health condition or specific learning difference on your UCAS form or Postgraduate application form.  Once we have this information, we will contact you to find out what individual reasonable adjustments and support requirements you may have.  Email Disability Services for further information.

Physical Access Information

The University is set within the small city of Bangor, in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the foothills of Snowdonia, which means that it is a hilly environment. However, it is also a small and friendly campus so your accommodation will be relatively close to University buildings, and shopping and leisure facilities are nearby.  This still may present barriers to people with mobility difficulties and some of our older buildings may also be difficult to access.  If you do experience difficulty with mobility, we would advise you come and visit the university to assess the practicalities yourself. Wherever possible, reasonable adjustments are made to meet particular requirements.  We are always pleased to meet prospective students, at Open Days, or at another convenient time.  Just contact one of our Disability Advisers and we will be happy to meet you and make arrangements to show you around. 

How your application will be treated

It is the University's policy to view applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as apply to all students, so do not worry about ticking the relevant disability box on your UCAS or other application form.  We can arrange a visit for you during the admissions process so that your individual needs can be discussed.  An Adviser will liaise with the admissions tutor, and your visit can be arranged at a time convenient to you, perhaps during one of the School's Open Days. You will have an opportunity to discuss the course requirements in detail and will be able to assess for yourself the suitability of access and the provision available within the Institution.

Confidentiality

Entering information about disability, including relevant medical condition, specific learning difference or mental health difficulty, on your application form enables us to begin to discuss any study support needs you may have at an early stage. These discussions are in confidence and information will only be shared on a 'need to know' basis within the Institution, when appropriate, and with your permission.  See Confidentiality.

Clearing

If you are considering coming to Bangor through Clearing, you should make your circumstances known in the first instance to the Clearing Helpline or to the admissions tutor in the department, and then contact Disability Services or phone 01248 383620 / 382032 to discuss your needs in detail.

Can support be arranged before I arrive?

Ideally, yes.  We encourage prospective students to contact us to discuss their requirements.  We write to all students who include disability-related information on the application form and provide information on funding and the support we can provide.  Where necessary, we can guide students through the admissions process and help them apply for funding as well as liaise with their department, and other sources of support.

In the summer, we ask prospective students to complete an online registration form for Disability Services and provide us with documentary evidence. For information on how we share disability-related information, please see our confidentiality policy.  Once we have received this information, we will draft a Personal Learning Support Plan. 

Ideally, we will be able to do this in time for your first week of lectures, but this will depend on how soon we receive the information from you, or the Assessment Centre if you have had a study needs assessment for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA.) The main thing is for you to keep in touch with us - this way, we can ensure your support is in place as soon as possible.

Funding

UK Students

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) pay for extra costs that UK students may have as a direct result of having a disability, long-term health condition, mental health difficulty or specific learning difference.  A Disabled Students' Allowance Assessment can be carried out before the start of your course. It is important that you apply for DSA as soon as possible so that support can be put into place before you start your course. 

British Sign Language users may be interested in seeing  the following video: Applying for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)  - Film with British Sign Language.

You may be interested to hear that research shows that disabled students who receive Disabled Students’ Allowances get better final grades than those who choose to go it alone, without asking for or accepting support.

Students not entitled to DSA funding.

The University has a small fund to pay for additional support costs for those students who are not eligible for the UK Disabled Students' Allowances.  Students will need to provide supporting evidence of disability and will be required to undergo a study needs assessment, which may involve their School/Department.  Students are advised to apply for this fund from the Disability Service at the earliest possible opportunity.  For further information, contact Disability Services.

Documentary evidence of disability including evidence of Specific Learning Differences (SpLD).

So that we can put in place any support requirements you may have, we advise you take steps now to ensure you have up-to-date documentary evidence of disability including evidence of Specific Learning Difference(s).  This can be:

  • An Educational Psychologist’s diagnostic assessment report.
  • A diagnostic assessment report from a Specialist Teacher with a Practising Certificate.
  • Written confirmation from a Specialist Teacher / Assessor of a Specific Learning Difference (SpLD), such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, and details of any related examination adjustments you may have been given whilst you were at School or College for this SpLD.
  • A Letter from a Doctor or other Medical Practitioner.

You will also need this documentation in order that certain adjustments or arrangements can be put in place (e.g. Halls accommodation, exam arrangements, parking permit).