About us

Our Mission Statement

The Inclusive Support Service is committed to developing an inclusive environment at Oxford Brookes University, providing equal access to education and empowering disabled students to fulfil their potential as independent learners. Our aim is to support you to achieve your goals and to get the best out of university life.

We can provide individually tailored advice and support to disabled students. Our specialist team of Advisers, Mentors and Tutors include practitioners in Autistic Spectrum Conditions, dyslexia and specific learning difficulties, mental health, physical and sensory disabilities, and other long term health conditions.

We will work with you to develop an Inclusive Support Plan (ISP) detailing the adjustments you need at university, for example reasonable adjustments to teaching delivery, assessed coursework and exams.

We can help you to access funding to support your studies through Disabled Students’ Allowances if you are eligible and can offer practical support with your application.

We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford Brookes University.


The Inclusive Support Service Team

Advisers (including DSA Adviser and Referrals Coordinator)

  • are a first point of contact for disabled students
  • work with you to ensure all areas of university are accessible to you, providing additional resources and support where necessary
  • collaborate with you and sometimes members of your faculty staff, develop an Inclusive Support Plan, which includes your reasonable adjustments
  • guide you through the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) process
  • advise you about and refer you to other sources of advice, guidance and support within the university and the wider community
  • hold relevant training and/or qualifications and are members of the National Association of Disability Practitioners and/or the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education.

Mentors

  • meet with you in regular one to one sessions to support you to manage your studies, student experience, wellbeing and develop your independence
  • Offer sessions for students where it has been recommended as part of their support for mental health or Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
  • sessions include a broad range of areas that might impact on your studies, for example getting to lectures, managing your time or succeeding in group work.
  • hold relevant professional qualifications and membership of a professional body.

Tutors

  • meet with you in regular one to one sessions to develop academic study skills tailored to your individual needs
  • offer sessions for students where it has been recommended as part of their support for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) and dyscalculia and Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
  • hold relevant professional qualifications and membership of a professional body.

Assistive Technology Manager and Trainer

  • advises you on technology, software and strategies to support study/life tasks
  • can advise any Brookes student or staff member
  • offers training in groups and one-to-one
  • holds relevant professional qualifications and membership of a professional body.

Our staff also work with colleagues around the university in relation to the inclusive learning environment. 

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