Disability & Wellbeing Support

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Students who experience a disability, specific learning difficulty or mental health condition may be entitled to additional support and reasonable adjustments when studying at the University of Exeter.

If you declared a disability or specific learning difficulty on your UCAS application form, the University’s AccessAbility team will contact you before the start of your course to ask you to complete a prospective student questionnaire.  We strongly advise you to return this questionnaire as soon as you can.

[Please note the prospective student questionnaire is different from the online PGCE Health Assessment form all PGCE applicants must complete as part of the mandatory fitness to teach assessment process.  Completed PGCE Health Assessment forms are sent to the University’s Occupational Health Assessment provider who will consider whether any reasonable adjustments are required as a result of your health, particularly in relation to your teaching placements.]  

If you didn’t declare a disability or learning difficulty on your application form but feel that you might benefit from support from the AccessAbility team during your studies, we would recommend you contact them to register with their service before you arrive in September as they can get very busy during the first weeks of term.

Once registered with AccessAbility, they will, where appropriate, draw up an Individual Learning Plan with you.  This is an important document as it will inform the Graduate School of Education of any particular adjustments we need to make for you (for example, if you have dyslexia and want this to be taken into consideration when your assignments are marked or if you have a physical disability and require assistive equipment or software).

Students with a disability or specific learning difficulty may be eligible for the Disabled Students Allowance. This is an allowance that pays for the additional costs that can be incurred as a result a person’s health or disability, including specialist equipment. Please let the AccessAbility team know if you would like to discuss this in more depth. There is also more information at https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/overview.

For more information on the services and support available from AccessAbility, please see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/accessability/.

 

Students who experience mental health conditions may be entitled to additional support and reasonable adjustments when studying at the University of Exeter.

If you declared mental health difficulties on your UCAS application form, the University’s AccessAbility/Wellbeing team will contact you before the start of your course to ask you to complete a prospective student questionnaire.  We strongly advise you to return this questionnaire as soon as possible and the Wellbeing mental health pathway team will contact you to discuss your health in relation to your course in more depth.

[Please note the prospective student questionnaire is different from the online PGCE Health Assessment form all PGCE applicants must complete as part of the mandatory fitness to teach assessment process.  Completed PGCE Health Assessment forms are sent to the University’s Occupational Health Assessment provider who will consider whether any reasonable adjustments are required as a result of your health, particularly in relation to your teaching placements].  

Support from the Wellbeing Service mental health pathway can include considering how your health may impact on your ability to study during the taught, university-based part of the PGCE course, and what support may be available to you. Support can include ongoing mental health support and an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which informs the Graduate School of Education of any particular adjustments that may need to be considered, as a result of your health, while studying and based at university during the taught part of the course.

Students who have experienced mental health difficulties can also be eligible for the Disabled Students Allowance. This is an allowance that pays for the additional costs that can be incurred as a result a person’s health or disability, including equipment and mental health mentoring support. Please let us know if you would like to discuss this in more depth. There is also more information:  https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/overview.

If you didn’t declare your mental health difficulty on your application form but feel that you might benefit from support from the Wellbeing Service mental health pathway during your studies, we would recommend you contact the Wellbeing Service before you arrive in September or close to the start of term, so they can book you in for an initial meeting.

The Wellbeing Service also offers a range of workshops and groups, and individual support for students experiencing personal, emotional and psychological difficulties. For more information about this or the support offered by the Wellbeing Service mental health pathway please email: wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk, Telephone: 01392 724381 or see our webpages: www.exeter.ac.uk/wellbeing