Access Solent run an informal social group for
students who may like to meet new people, make more friends, talk about your
interests or hear about other people’s interests. You may want to know about
how to access support at university or tell us what would help you whilst
studying at Solent.
Students who are on the autistic spectrum or who
identify as being on the spectrum are invited to join.
Currently named “Simply Social” the founding
members will be able to re-name it to something more suitable.
The group meet in the lower ground floor of the John Milais (JM) building at the seating
area near to the equipment hatch
The sensory room is a quiet space for students near the Access Solent offices. It is RM030 and clearly labeled. This room is open to all students and staff, and has been designed to be autism friendly and provide a calming, sensory environment if you are feeling particularly stressed or overwhelmed.
Quiet Spaces on Campus
It is also worth exploring the university as there are many quieter areas you can go in between classes, including quiet areas of the library. The Spark has break out areas on each floor.
There is a changing place toilet on Level 1 of the JM building. This contains a toilet, hoist, bed and shower. If your personal care provider has given you a specific type of hoist / personal care equipment please contact Access Solent to arrange storage in the changing place.
Access Solent can provide lockers on a first-come-first-served basis for a disability related reason (e.g. mobility difficulties). You will need to be registered with Access Solent and have provided relevant medical evidence. Book an appointment to discuss this, collect a key and sign a contract which will include terms and conditions should we allocate you a locker.
The lockers are located on the Atrium level of the Spark, down the corridor on the left of the Jane Austen Lecture Theatre. They are near toilets, lifts and an entrance to the car park with disabled parking spaces.
Solent Online Learning (SOL) has lots of useful resources, including maths resources, to support students with developing study skills.
This includes access to online study skills support called Succeed@Solent. Take advantage of free simple advice and academic support to help you get better grades.
Learning and Digital Skills Workshops
There are study skills workshops available for all students such as: referencing, assistive technology, academic writing, presentations. Digital Skills workshops include developing your knowledge of Microsoft Office software, University online systems and more.
Please refer to the SOL page for details of upcoming workshops.
Exams and In-class tests
Support for exams and in-class tests (such as extra time) can only be set up if students provide diagnostic evidence. The Exams team set up support for exams and in-class tests once they receive a form from Access Solent. The Exams team requires at least 2 weeks’ notice to put support in place before each exam or in-class test.
For formal exams, the Exams team will arrange your support and will contact you to confirm the details of your exam venue and support.
For in-class tests, you will need to email the Exams team at least 2 weeks before each in-class test to request support. This is because your unit leaders arrange the in-class tests. The exams team require the following information about your in-class test:
o Date and time
o Unit name
o Unit leader
o Duration of in-class test
o Support required
The email address for the Exams team is: email@example.com
Other Support on campus
As well as any support you may have from external agencies, there is support on campus across different teams in the University. This includes the following:
Student Hub - Your first point of call for all student queries. They also run confidential wellbeing appointments and drop-ins.
Student Funding Team
Library support including accessible format requests (eg large print)