There is a range of support services offered at the University to D/deaf students based on individual need and informed by relevant supporting evidence. The level of hearing loss varies from person to person and experiences are very individual. We encourage students to get in touch with us through the Wellbeing Portal to discuss the services that are available and how the University can best respond to their needs. Services offered include:
- Reasonable adjustments to study such as examination arrangements
- Guidance and assistance with applying for the Disabled Student Allowances (DSAs)
- Practical support such as with note taking, library assistance etc.
- In the academic year 2021/22, transcription support in the form of human editing of any automatically generated transcripts that are problematic in terms of accuracy, requests are considered on an individual needs basis and students are encouraged to contact the disability team through the wellbeing portal
- Other specialist one to one support
- Liaising with Departments to raise awareness of inclusive practices and to support staff supporting students
- Accessible accommodation, i.e. a room with a flashing and vibrating pillow alarm
- Personal Evacuation Plans as required
- Signposting to other services offered across the University, such as in the Library
- Information about assistive software and productivity tools
- Information about induction loop systems installed in lecture theatres and portable loops available for use in the library
The Disability Team doesn't offer BSL, interpretation, CACDP notetaking, communication support, or teacher for the D/deaf services but we support students in making those arrangements externally and we liaise with local and other external providers to facilitate these arrangements. The above services can often be funded through the Disabled Student Allowances and we encourage and help students who are eligible to apply.