What we do for Students
We offer a service for all disabled students whether full-time or part-time, undergraduate or postgraduate. We consider each person’s requirements on an individual basis and work within the framework of the University’s confidentiality policy. We do need to ask for some form of documentary evidence for certain arrangements, for example, adjustments to examinations, parking permits.
Here are some examples of what we can do for you:
- Offer personal and academic support and guidance.
- Advise on strategies to make studying and everyday tasks more manageable.
- In conjunction with the Bangor ACCESS Centre we can help you to apply for finance through Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) from your local education authority or other funding provider.
- Through the DSA, we can provide support workers, for example Mentors, Notetakers and Practical Assistants.
- Assist with the organisation of specific examination requirements.
- Arrange for the provision of BSL interpretation.
- Arrange for additional library provision and support.
- Liaise on your behalf, if necessary and with your permission, with members of staff to ensure necessary arrangements are in place.
- Liaise with your local Social Services for the provision of personal care support.
- Keep in touch through meetings, newsletters, e-mail and phone.
- Refer students to other professionals who can help, for example, Counselling Service or Community Mental Health Team.
Provide information about disability, including specific learning differences or mental health issues, and the services and support which might be available.
Work closely with your School’s Disability Tutors.
Don’t be put off by its name! Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a grant to help meet the extra costs students can face as a result of ‘disability’, which includes: on-going health conditions, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum, and specific learning differences such as dyslexia.
DSA can pay for equipment, including computers, digital recorders, specialist equipment and software (and any associated training). It can also pay for a support worker such as a notetaker, mentor or practical assistant to help you around the campus, in the lab or on fieldtrips. There is a general allowance that pays for consumables such as ink cartridges and paper, books, photocopying, and there’s also a travel allowance.
Not a UK Student? The University has a small fund to pay for additional disability support costs for those students who are not eligible for UK Disabled Students' Allowances. To apply, you will need to provide evidence of disability and undergo a study needs assessment, which may involve your School. Contact Disability Services for more details - phone 01248 383620 / 382032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For many students, the role of Disability Services is to advise tutors about your requirements, with your permission, (see PLSP) and much of the direct support will be provided by staff in your School. Disability Tutors are ordinarily members of academic staff who act as a point of reference for disabled students and colleagues in their School and you should make every effort to meet him or her as soon as possible.
PLSPs outline the effects of disability on your study and include the recommended adjustments that are required to make sure you are able to access your course and facilities. PLSPs ensure that you and the university are clear about your entitlements.
Once you have provided us with appropriate documentary evidence, we will draw up a PLSP within MyBangor. You should be able to view and agree to your PLSP at: https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/plsp/student/ The information that your Personal Tutor, and Module Organiser / Lecturers need to know to support your learning (eg maybe you need lecture materials before a lecture) will then be available for them to see. This makes it much quicker and easier for staff to put in place reasonable adjustments.
If you are a new student, and have not yet registered for a PLSP, you can do so at: https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/plsp/applicant/.
For a copy of our leaflet, Explaining your PLSP, click here
Students who have temporary injuries and conditions must provide Disability Services and their School with appropriate evidence, for example a note from their GP or consultant confirming the illness or injury, date of onset and likely duration. We can then arrange for appropriate arrangements to be put in place.
Here is an example of adjustments that Disability Services can arrange on your behalf providing the relevant documentation is provided:
Loan of computer
Extensions to deadlines
Alternative exam arrangements
Students with temporary illnesses or injuries may be permitted to have adjustments to examination arrangements such as rest breaks or extra time, use of a computer or a scribe. Please note that whilst the nature of temporary injuries and conditions is such that students may not be able to give the University as much notice as is normally required, some arrangements will require reasonable notice, eg two weeks.
You may also be eligible for support from the Hardship Fund towards taxi fares. An Adviser will help you to explore this option.
For further information, please contact Disability Services at email@example.com or phone on 01248 383620 / 382032.