DSA needs assessors
Information for those conducting a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) needs assessment.
For more information about course requirements, contact the relevant School Disability Coordinator.
We also provide specialist study support for disabled students.
Library accessibility and support
Software and assistive software/technology
Once registered, all students can get Office 365 for free. Guidance on the accessibility features of Office 365 and other free software is also available.
Read and Write and Mindview can be accessed on networked computers.
Glean, Textaid and Ayoa are available for 3 months for students applying for DSA. Students need to speak to the Disability team who can arrange access.
We cannot guarantee this software for the length of a student’s course. The student should have software to meet their individual needs provided through DSA.
If providing students with a device to audio record lectures, for example Glean, Caption.Ed or Dictaphone, students should be made aware of our Recording Education Activity Policy, which explains what they are allowed them to record with consent.
DSAs £200 equipment contribution
Students contribute the first £200 towards DSAs-funded equipment. If this contribution would put them in financial hardship, signpost them to Disability Services.
Means-tested help may be available. Students whose family income is greater than £42,875 will not receive help.
Postgraduate research students may be eligible for a laptop through their school and it may be a requirement that research is done on this secure university device. Where a research student does not have a laptop at the point of the needs assessment please check whether they have approached their academic school or research supervisor to identify whether they should be provided with a university laptop.
Lecture capture (Re/Play)
Our central lecture capture platform is called Re/Play.
Re/Play recordings are subtitled using automatic captioning software.
These recordings can be:
- manually captioned for improved accuracy for students who are hearing impaired
- 'Authored', which means adding descriptions to images and figures to support visually impaired students.
Signpost students who may need captioning or authoring to Disability Services.
Re/Play is not available in all teaching venues and is not always used. We recommend that students are equipped with an alternative, DSAs-funded note-taking solution.
Access to buildings and facilities
Preferred non-medical help (NMH) supplier
Our preferred NMH supplier is Amano.