Glyndwr University Disability

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Glyndwr University Disability

Disability Support

At Wrexham Glyndwr University we believe that higher education should be available for everyone, and we strive to provide the best possible accessibility for disabled students. Last year 1 in 4 of our students were in receipt of DSA (Disabled Student Allowance) so you can be sure that you’ll reach your potential with the support available here.

Whether you already know that there may be individual needs arising in relation to a disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference, such as dyslexia, or you become aware of needing support when you start your studies with us – we are here to help.  There is a range of services to help you right from the point you choose to disclose a disability or learning difference.

Our DisAbility Team offers appointments if you wish to discuss any issues relating to learning support or disability, informally and in confidence.

We can help arrange for you to:

  • Find out if you are experiencing learning differences, such as dyslexia
  • Access specialist one-to-one tutor support
  • Meet with a mental health mentor
  • Help ensure appropriate exam arrangements are in place
  • Apply for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) if you are eligible
  • Arrange an appointment at our on-site Assessment Centre

If you are a current student. Please access our Moodle site for information and appointments.

Information for Assessors: cost of support services at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Declaring a disability

You can disclose a disability at any time during your studies and you may be eligible to apply for DSA (Disabled Student Allowance). Anything you tell us is in confidence and we won’t share information without your permission.

If you are experiencing difficulties during your studies and wonder whether the reason could be a disability or learning difference, such as dyslexia, we would encourage you to come and see us and seek advice. We may be able to help you arrange an appointment to meet with an educational psychologist or specialist dyslexia tutor who will be able to tell you if you are experiencing learning differences.

Some of the areas that we offer advice around are: mobility difficulties, sensory impairments (eg visual or hearing difficulties), mental health difficulties (eg anxiety, depression, PTSD), neurodiverse conditions (eg dyslexia, AD(H)D, ASC), and unseen conditions and long term illnesses (eg epilepsy, diabetes, fibromyalgia). This is not an exhaustive list so please contact us if you’re not sure.

About the Disabled Student Allowance

This is a grant which is available to UK students who otherwise may not have been able to attend a higher education course as a result of a disability.

You can get this allowance if:

  • you are a UK student;
  • you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student (including distance learning students);
  • you’re studying a first higher education course;
  • the condition affects your ability to study and you can provide evidence. This could include one or more long term medical conditions, such as diabetes, fibromyalgia or epilepsy, a hearing or visual impairment, a mobility issue, a mental health condition, such as depression, bi-polar disorder, PTSD or anxiety; ADHD or Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

The funds can be used to support specialist tutor support, mental health mentoring and Assistive Technology training and equipment. The level of support varies between funding bodies.

How to apply for DSA

You will need to provide evidence of a disability. This could be a report from an educational psychologist, confirming learning differences, such as dyslexia; or confirmation from a medical professional of a long term disability which will have an impact on your ability to study by completing a medical evidence form.

Once you have this evidence you should complete a DSA application form.  There are different forms for full time and part time and post graduate students.  If you are a full time undergraduate student who receives a student loan you should complete the DSA1 Slimline form.  If you are a part time or post graduate student you should complete the DSA1 Full form.  Both forms are available on your own funding body’s website.

Specialist one to one tutor support

If you experience learning differences, such as dyslexia, you should be able to access specialist one to one tutor support to support your studies.  This is to offer strategies that suit your learning style and to develop your own independent learning.   You can bring assignments to work through with tutors.  It does not offer subject specific support.  Your DSA may recommend one or two hours per week through the academic year.

All our support is offered in-house and we do not use agency workers.

If you are a current student, please access our Moodle site to book an appointment.

Mental health support and mentoring

Mental health problems are given as one of the most common reasons for students withdrawing from university courses in the UK. Wrexham Glyndwr University is committed to working with students who may experience mental health difficulties to enable them to fulfil their potential.

Mental health problems can often affect thinking, emotions and behaviour.

In support we may offer:

  • Mental Health Mentoring
  • One-to-one tutor support
  • Learning Support Assistant help
  • Individual examination arrangements
  • Guidance when making an application for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

All our support is offered in-house and we do not use agency workers.

Individual Learning Plans

Sometimes things can get in the way of your studies that aren’t in your control. Our team can help you establish a learning plan that could include modified deadlines, additional tutorials or changes to exam arrangements such as additional time, or use of equipment.

Assistive Technology Suite

Our Assistive Technology Suite has height adjustable tables; orthopaedic chairs; networked computers (PC and Mac); specialist software, printers, scanners, large screen monitors; voice-activated software; and high and low lighting areas. There is on-hand support and specialist training available for students, including literacy and writing support tools, mind-mapping tools, speech recognition software, reading software and tinting software.

Making an appointment

If you are a current student, please access our Moodle site for information and appointments.

If you wish to make an appointment with the DisAbility Team:

In person: You can find us on the 3rd Floor of the Edward Llwyd Building.  We are open:

Monday to Thursday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm and Friday 9.00 am to 12 pm.  We can also arrange appointments at other times.

Telephone: 01978 293266

Email: disability@glyndwr.ac.uk

How to find us

You can find us on the third floor of the Edward Llwyd Building (Library). On the ground floor you will see our SID desk and they will help if you are unsure.