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Reasonable Adjustments

What is a reasonable adjustment?

A “reasonable adjustment” is the term applied to making changes to the learning environment or a policy, procedure or practice delivered to assist a student with a disability. Reasonable adjustments enable students with disabilities to learn without being at a disadvantage compared to others.

Wherever possible the University will make changes suitable for all students, for example, good accessibility to buildings. We aim to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that learners with a disability have the same learning opportunities to perform, complete assessments and achieve as learners without a disability.

Some examples of reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may include, for example:

  • Books or learning materials in particular formats e.g. audio, electronic
  • Permission to audio record classes
  • Extensions to library loans
  • Assistance from a support worker e.g. notetakers, study coach, sign language interpreters
  • Additional time and a smaller room for examinations
  • Access to assistive technology in the University library

This is not a full list and any adjustment would be based on an individual's particular circumstances.

 

How do I request for reasonable adjustments?

If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the Learning Support Team.

Reasonable adjustments can take a significant time to organise and may need several meetings e.g. exam arrangements. It is critical to discuss your needs with the Learning Support Team as early as possible.

You will have a say in deciding what your reasonable adjustment will be. The Learning Support Advisers make recommendations for reasonable adjustments with you and informed by evidence for example, medical evidence, school reports, Educational Psychologist reports in combination with Assessment of Need reports.

It is your responsibility to provide evidence of disability to the Learning Support Team within the time restrictions if adjustments to University examinations or other assessments are requested. Where evidence is received outside of time restrictions, it may not be possible for adjustments to be put in place immediately. Students on certain courses, such as Initial Teacher Training programmes, may be subject to additional requirements set by the relevant professional bodies.

Please visit our Examination and Assessments webpage for further information. 

 

Must the University put all recommended adjustments in place?

When deciding whether an adjustment is reasonable the University will consider the practicality, effectiveness and cost of the proposed adjustment as well as the need to maintain academic competence standards.

If you are entitled to apply for Disabled Students Allowances but you choose not to complete the process, or do not submit subsequent application forms to your funding body if required, the University may decline to put in place adjustments that should be funded from these allowances.

For more details, please see the Reasonable Adjustments Policy. The policy also explains the appeals process, should you feel that the adjustments you have been allowed do not go far enough.