Specialist support is available for some students at University.
Specialist mentors provide highly specialist, specifically
tailored, one to one support which helps disabled students address the
barriers to learning. Specialist Mentors must have mental health and/or autism
qualifications to support students.
could address a range of issues, for example:
with anxiety and stress situations,
· how to
deal with concentration difficulties,
a suitable work-life balance.
Mentors do not act as advocates or counsellors. Their role is to help students
recognise the barriers to learning created by their impairment and support them
in developing strategies to address these barriers, particularly at times of
transition, e.g. when starting at university or when planning to move on from
it. For some students this support will need to be on-going while for others it
might be gradually phased out or only be required at certain points of their
Specialist 1:1 Study Skills tutor:
Specialist 1:1 Study Skills tutors must have teaching
and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) and/or Autism qualifications to
This specialist one to one support supports
students to develop independent study skills, and strategies, including:
and retaining information in written and spoken language
should be tailored to a student’s individual needs and
professionals delivering the support set out clear goals and timescales for
achieving these goals.
role provides practical and mobility support to assist a student with a
physical disability to access the campus. This could include helping to
manipulate a wheelchair, typing / writing in the library, carrying books, setting up and using IT equipment etc.
It could also include general orientation of the campus.
support is provided for students who require notes to be taken on their behalf,
if a student is unable to take notes independently and will have difficulty
using assistive technology. The notetaker will produce an accurate record of
the content of lectures, seminars, discussions, off-campus events etc. in the
student’s preferred style and format.
Other specialist roles for sensory impairments:
For students with visual or hearing impairments, DSA Needs Assessors may also consider the following support roles:
Specialist Support Professional (study skills)
Communication Support Worker / Lip Speaker
Electronic Note taker / Speech to Text Reporting
Specialist Transcription Services
Non-Medical Helper boundaries
Non-medical helper support may be awarded via DSA
These are qualified and experienced professionals in their role.
They are all provided by external providers and are not employed by the University.
We can advise students on setting their support up in our drop ins, but as we do not schedule this support it is important students liaise with the suppliers directly.
All providers have a cancellation policy which links to DSA funding.
NMH staff have to communicate directly with the students they are supporting, as the sessions are student-led.
Often students have found this support really positive and beneficial to their studies.