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What support is available?

Deaf or hard of hearing students can access a wide range of services without applying for additional funding. These services include:

  • Daily drop-in sessions to meet with a Disability Adviser – Monday-Thursday, 2pm-4pm (term-time only) – but if BSL is your preferred language, please make an appointment so that we can organise an interpreter for your visit
  • Access to the Student Enabling IT (SEnIT) Suite with assistive software such as mind mapping software
  • Small equipment loans, such as a Deaf Alerter fire alarm pager, digital voice recorder or portable induction loop
  • Extended library loan facility – so that you can keep library materials for longer
  • Support applying for special exam arrangements – such as extra time to read and understand your exam paper
  • Asking your department to provide prioritised reading lists
  • Liaison with Student Accommodation about any necessary modifications to your accommodation
  • Advice and guidance, for both you and your department, about the potential impact of your disability on your studies and how this can be accommodated

To access a range of other services, you will need to apply for additional funding. Depending on your needs, these services could include:

  • A full assessment of your academic support needs carried out at an accredited assessment centre
  • Qualified note-takers for lectures and seminars/ group work – Sign language interpreters or lipspeakers (as appropriate) for lectures and seminars/ group work
  • Computer equipment and specialised software for you to own

The above lists are not exhaustive. Depending on your particular needs, we may be able to provide services not currently listed. Please contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Please note: if you have difficulty hearing the fire alarms (either on campus or in your Student Residence) you must alert Student Disability Services and/or your Student Residence Manager so that alternative arrangements can be put in place.