Sensory Impairments

The support for students with visual impairments or hearing loss varies significantly, depending upon the severity and diagnosis, and so Additional Learning Support looks at each student's needs individually.

Blind and visually impaired students

If you are thinking of applying to the university and may need support, you are advised to contact one of the disability advisors at Additional Learning Support.  Please bring along with you any recent assessments and / or evidence and, if you already have one, your needs assessment. We can then look at what support or adjustments may need to be put in place.

Issues that may need to be considered, include; 

  • orientation around the campus
  • using kitchen areas safely
  • accessing educational resources
  • examination adjustments 
  • completing practical tasks, such as lab classes
  •  information in a larger size font or in an electronic format
  • computer applications such as screen readers or magnification software. 

We have an Assistive Technology Centre which contains specialist IT equipment to support students with visual impairments, including Jaws, Braille Maker software and a Braille printer. The software can also be used in conjunction with a scanner.

Deaf students and students with a hearing loss

Specialist support for deaf students or those with a hearing loss is provided by the Total Communications and includes note-taking and interpreting, as well as support from a specialist teacher of the deaf. This can be arranged by Additional Learning Support and so you should contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment.  Please bring any information on your condition with you and if you already have one, your needs assessment. Support is based on individual need and funded via the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). 

  • Exam adjustments, including modified examination papers are available, if required. 
  • Additional Learning Support can provide deaf awareness training to academic staff to support students accessing the curriculum.  
  • There is  a rolling programme of updating induction loops in the main lecture theatres.
  • Some students find the use of radio aids beneficial in smaller teaching environments and these can be funded via the DSA
  • If you have your own Minicom, we may be able to supply a telephone line in your accommodation. 
  • We also ensure that student accommodation has a vibrating fire alarm system for those that need it. 

It is extremely important that you come and see us as soon as possible if you need examination adjustments, as there is a deadline date for submission.  Please do not leave it until the deadline date - that may be too late.