If students have stated that they have a disability on their UCAS form, they will be contacted by DAS directly. If instead a student informs the department or college directly that they have a disability, advise the student to register with DAS, or contact DAS directly if the student gives permission.
The department Disability Coordinator should work with colleagues to ensure there is detailed information on its website about the requirements of the programme (nature of examinations and assessments, competence standards), and types of teaching (tutorials, classes, lectures, practicals, fieldwork). This will enable the student and their disability advisor to assess what adjustments may be needed.
As part of their Equality Act duties, colleges and departments must take steps to anticipate the needs of incoming disabled students, and must not wait until a Student Support Plan (SSP) has been received. Offering an orientation visit, so that the student has an opportunity to identify some of the adjustments they will need, and to meet their Disability Coordinators, is a useful starting point for this process.
For those with mobility or sensory impairments, DAS will inform the relevant college and department where there are likely to be adjustments required to buildings. Disability Coordinators must work with Estates Services to put in place access adjustments prior to the student's arrival on-course.
Transition to University for disabled students