In the United Kingdom there is a growing awareness of disability issues and the need for an inclusive society. The Disability Discrimination Act to protect against disability discrimination was passed in 1995. Although it does not include education in its scope, all universities are required to consider the needs of students with disabilities. Governmental and institutional policy have been improving since implementation of the Act in December of 1996.
Advice and support is available for students who have:
In order to register with the Disability Support Team you must make an appointment to see a Disabilities Adviser, or MHP as appropriate, at either City or Coach Lane Campus. Please bring appropriate evidence of your disability, medical condition or Mental Health issues to the appointment. The University requires all medical evidence to be current; it must be typed on headed paper and signed.
The type of support varies depending on needs. All students who indicate that they have a disability at application stage will be contacted by the Disability Support Team and offered an appointment to discuss their needs with a Disabilities Adviser/MHP. Students are encouraged to do this as soon as possible as it may take some time to put adequate support in place.
Examples of support could include: formally notifying your tutors of your disability or medical condition and recommending appropriate support strategies with regard Learning, Teaching and Assessment to your tutors via a formal Disabled Students Support Recommendations report which will be agreed with you; making alternative examination arrangements; arranging non-medical help, such as a note taker, scribe, reader and Dyslexia Support Tutorials; assisting you with an application for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA); advising on adapted and accessible accommodation; providing short term loans of IT equipment
The university has a range of accessible accommodations that is especially designed for wheelchair users in a number of Halls of Residence. See Northumbria University's Accessible Accomodation. However, as students with mobility difficulties may stay in Halls of Residence for the duration of their course, which means the accommodation may be occupied for up to four years at a time. There are also adaptations for deaf and hard of hearing students in a number of Halls of Residence.
The University has a variety of accommodation available to students requiring facilities for wheelchair use, at differing prices. Most rooms form part of a cluster flat shared with other students (normally between 4 and 8 students per flat). The cost of the accommodation varies according to the type of accommodation and building ( see our accommodation brochure), but we have the following types of accommodation:
Rooms with private shower room facilities and mini kitchen. Studios are normally not part of cluster flats and usually open straight on to a corridor. Accessible studios are offered at the same price as the other en suite studios within the residence building.
Rooms with private shower room facilities, sharing a kitchen with a number of other students. Accessible en suite rooms are offered at the same price as the other en suite rooms within the residence building.
These facilities are charged differently to single rooms and they have been rent assessed individually as a complete flat or suite. Some flats and suites allow for a carer’s room. Each flat or suite is priced individually and is not listed on the accommodation brochure. Where carer accommodation is required, students would normally fund this from their care management package.
The University Library works with Northumbria University Student Services Disability Support to ensure library procedures are in line with recommended University guidelines. The University Library provides services for users with disabilities or users who have specific access requirements: familiarisation sessions covering the layout of the Library and services provided; documents in alternative formats; helpline telephones at Information points to provide a link to the Enquiry Desk/Welcome Desk; assistance with catalogue searches and the use of library services; help in obtaining items from shelves at all Library sites; assistance with photocopying and printing; special arrangements on an individual basis for extending borrowing periods for books; and arrangements for support workers to collect or borrow items on behalf of library users with disabilities.