Specialist study support for disabled students

We can advise you on how to access a range of specialist study support.

This support needs funding. If you would like to discuss the possibility of accessing one-to-one specialist support, please contact us.

Examples of specialist study support:

Specialist Mentor

Mentors provide confidential practical and emotional support in response to a broad range of wellbeing-related issues. Examples include (but are not limited to) stress, anxiety, depression and low motivation/morale. Mentors offer support by empowering you to develop strategies to manage your wellbeing and meet your academic goals.

Mentors can:

  • Help you with time management and prioritising workload
  • Aid you with goal setting, organisation and concentration difficulties
  • Guide you in developing a suitable work-life balance
  • Offer strategies for coping with anxiety and stress
  • Support you to liaise between university departments
  • Consider perspectives on difficult situations and help you think these through together with possible outcomes
  • Recommend assistive technology resources, and support you to put assistive technology and study support apps into practice

Mentors cannot:

  • Provide counselling or therapy, but they will signpost you to organisations that can
  • Provide support outside of agreed sessions

Study Skills Tutor

This is confidential support with your academic studies. Study Skills Tutors can support you to develop independent learning, including helping with understanding assignment briefs, developing effective research techniques, structuring academic writing, and preparing for exams.

Study skills tutors can:

  • Offer literacy support with spelling, punctuation, grammar
  • Aid you in developing your academic writing
  • Help with structuring and presenting your ideas
  • Support you to develop effective research strategies
  • Help you with organisation, motivation and time management
  • Provide you with revision tips and memory skills
  • Recommend assistive technology resources, and support you to put assistive technology and study support apps into practice

Study skills tutors cannot:

  • Offer subject-specific tuition
  • Proofread your work, but can give proofreading advice/tips
  • Assign students additional worksheets
  • Provide support outside of agreed sessions

Exam Support Workers: Readers, Scribes, Prompters

Exam Support workers are guided by you. You may choose to use their support extensively, or only a little. They cannot make suggestions or proofread your work for you. Your work must still be your own.

Readers can:

  • Read the exam questions aloud to you
  • Repeat any questions, at your request, as many times as you need
  • Read sections of your own work aloud to you, at your request

Readers cannot:

  • Reword or reinterpret the question for you
  • Prompt you with ideas for the content of your answers or correct your work

Scribes can:

  • Write for you what you dictate to them, exactly as you dictate it
  • Write any punctation that you stipulate
  • Read back what has been written, if requested, and make any changes you request
  • Draw or add to diagrams, strictly in accordance with your instructions

Scribes cannot:

  • Reword, reinterpret or proofread your work
  • Correct your work
  • Be expected to know the spellings of specialist or technical terms. They will ask you how to spell any technical words

Prompters can:

  • Prompt you to move on if you are stuck on a question or appear to be focusing too much on one question and not moving on
  • Prompt you to return to the exam if it appears that you have lost focus
  • Give time prompts

Practical Support Assistant

This is manual, practical and mobility support to assist you with manoeuvring between and around key study venues. This may include carrying books or equipment, acting as a sighted guide or providing wheelchair assistance. You might use practical support in the library, in a laboratory or workshop, or on a field trip.

Library Support Assistant

This is assistance in searching library catalogues and electronic resources under your direction. Library Support Assistants can help you to locate, retrieve and carry academic library materials. This support also includes help with scanning and photocopying library resources, and help locating study areas.

Workshop/ Laboratory Assistant

This support is to provide you with any support and practical assistance you may need to complete required assignments in your workshops and/or laboratory work.

Manual Notetaking

Manual notetakers produce a manual, accurate and comprehensive set of notes from your lectures (and on occasion seminars and one-off university sessions). The notes can be provided in a handwritten format or typed and emailed to you in your style and format preference.

Electronic Notetaking

This is speech-to-text specialist communication support provided by a qualified electronic note-taker. A live, real-time summary of what is being said is typed by the notetaker in your lectures, seminars or one-off university sessions. The notetaker will link these notes to a second screen for you to read them from live. After the session these notes are sent to you in your style and format preference.

Study Assistant

Study Assistants can fulfil a variety of roles where support is required for consecutive and irregular periods of time. This included assisting you in finding appropriate solutions for queries and problems to help reduce anxiety levels, manual notetaking, library assistance, practical assistance, as well as orientation support around campus.

Other specialist support options

There is other one-to-one funded specialist support available, for example specialist transcription services, and sign language interpreting. Contact us to discuss your needs.

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