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Support for students with special educational needs or a disability

Around nine per cent of the students at Keble have a declared disability. Half, around thirty people, have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. These levels are comparable with other colleges.  What this means is that colleges, including Keble, and departments are experienced at addressing the needs that arise for students with disabilities.  The collegiate university, including Keble, will comply with relevant legislation, anticipate needs and make reasonable adjustments as required.

In line with the Common Framework on Support for Disabled Students approved by colleges in departments in 2014, the College has a strong commitment to promoting equality of opportunity for students and with a disability.  The lead responsibility for undergraduate needs is taken by the College, and for graduates by the department or faculty, and the departmental Disability Lead and Coordinator. But all colleges and departments are committed to a collaborative approach.

Two college officers have particular responsibilities.  Ali Rogers, the Senior Tutor (senior.tutor@keble.ox.ac.uk) acts as Disability Lead and has strategic oversight or provision for students with disabilities.  The responsibilities of Disability Coordinator, which include the implementation of policies and coordination with departments, are undertaken by the Welfare & Disability Officer Trish Long (welfare@keble.ox.ac.uk).

Full information on support offered across the collegiate University is available on the website of the Disability Advisory Service.

Disclosure

You don’t have to disclose whether you have a disability. However, there are benefits to disclosing. If we are aware in advance of any particular difficulties, we can provide you appropriate support and make reasonable adjustments. If you did not disclose during admissions, you are strongly advised to do so once you have arrived in College. Contact the University Disability Advisory Service and/or the College Disability Coordinator.  Your department will also have a Disability Coordinator who may be informed. All such matters are covered by the College’s code on Confidentiality and the Circulation of Welfare Information.

If you think that you have a disability when already at College you can also contact the University Disability Advisory Service, Disability Coordinator or, where relevant, the College Doctor.

If you register with the Disability Advisory Service they can arrange for a Study Needs Assessment (SNA), which will inform the support you can seek.

Support Available

There is some finding available to meet any additional costs arising from a disability. Home students, undergraduate or graduate, may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs). These are provided by Local Authorities or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. Some graduate funding bodies also provide an equivalent to DSA. The UK government is revising the terms of the DSA and the level of support may change at short notice. The University and the College also have limited funds available to assist students with specific study-related needs.  You should contact the Disability Advisory Service for up-to-date details.

The Accommodation Officer can be contacted with regard to accommodation needs, the sooner the better.

Adjustments in Course and Examination Arrangements

The College (in the case of undergraduates) and University/department (in the case of graduates) are willing to consider appropriate and reasonable adjustments to both teaching and, with agreement of the University, assessment (examining) while on course. If you have informed the College and University in good time, the relevant Disability Coordinators can meet to agree a statement of support tailored to your individual needs.

Students with a disability, including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia, or medical condition who need to apply for special study or examination arrangements will need medical or other independent, specialist evidence to support their requests for those arrangements. Examinations arrangements are authorised by the University, but made through the College Office. Depending on individual needs, the kind of adjustments that may be possible include extending your period of study, providing readers/scribes or Braille texts, allowing a different mode of assessment, rescheduling of examinations, providing extra time in examinations and extensions to submission deadlines, sitting examinations in College and allowing you to use word processors in examinations.

Dyslexia and/or Dyspraxia

Students who think that they might be dyslexic need to be assessed by the University approved chartered psychologists to see whether they are dyslexic or have any other type of specific learning difficulty (SpLD). The assessment costs £300-£400. Providing that the assessment is done by a University approved chartered psychologist, the University Dyslexia and SpLD Fund will contribute towards the cost of the assessment. The University will not contribute towards the cost of an assessment undertaken by a non-approved psychologist and may also refuse to accept the report. Students are therefore strongly advised to arrange for an assessment through the Disability Advisory Service. Applications should be made via the Disability Coordinator, who may also arrange for a student to have a preliminary meeting with one of the University dyslexia tutors. Students must undergo such an assessment in order to be able to apply for special examination arrangements and also to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances. There are often long waiting times for assessments, so it is best to arrange an appointment as soon as you think there is a need for one.

It is important to understand that just because you may have received adjustments at school, it does not mean that the same provision will be agreed by the university. This is why it is vital to make inquiries as soon as possible on course.

Appeals

In accord with the Common Framework on Support for Disabled Students, Keble will comply with relevant legislation, anticipate needs and make reasonable adjustments as required and in a timely manner. If your request for any adjustment is denied you may appeal to the Warden under the terms of the College’s Complaints Procedure.

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