Guidance for staff on student administration and support
The over-arching goal of the Disability Advisory Service is to work with students and staff to create an accessible and inclusive learning environment for students with disabilities. We provide advice on individual reasonable adjustments designed to remove or reduce barriers to learning.
We are available to prospective and on-course students of the University, including both matriculated and non-matriculated students. All students registered with the service will be allocated a disability advisor, who will work with them and co-ordinate any necessary study-related support. DAS’s work with incoming students or those newly registered with the service includes:
DAS makes recommendations for reasonable adjustments in the Student Support Plan, using appropriate specialist evidence, in collaboration with the student. The Plan summarizes the impact of the impairment on study and recommends adjustments in the following areas where relevant: access and orientation; teaching and learning; examination adjustments; IT and library provision; individual support. The disability advisor will incorporate information from colleagues about the demands of the course when making adjustment recommendations and discuss in advance any substantial or unusual adjustment recommendations with the college and department as appropriate. It is finalised and circulated as soon as the relevant evidence has been collected and the student has approved the content.
The Student Support Plan is shared with the student’s college Disability Coordinator, the appropriate Disability Coordinator in the lead department and, where necessary, the Disability Librarian at the Bodleian library, Estates Services, and the Examinations and Assessments Team.
DAS also provides advice and information to staff working with individual disabled students, working collaboratively within the collegiate university to support the implementation of adjustments. This includes:
The overarching responsibility for decision-making in respect of reasonable adjustments rests with colleges in matters relating to college provision, and the University in matters relating to departments and faculties. DAS recommendations are made in order to support colleges and the University as they consider their obligations to make reasonable adjustments.
The Disability Advisory Service:
Each college has one or two disability advisors linked with them to facilitate effective communication. Contact details for the disability advisors in DAS as well as details of their college links can be found on the contacts page below. This link also has the contact details for the nominated staff who provide disability support within colleges, departments and central services across the University.
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Disability Advisory Service