Information for your Needs Assessment

  • Your funding body will usually ask you to have a Study Needs Assessment at an approved centre to make recommendations for your DSA. They need information about the support available at Oxford Brookes. Some of this information is available on the National Network of Assessment Centres Wiki.

    Frequently asked questions

  • Inspiration 9, Claro Read, TextHelp Read and Write Gold 11 are available on all networked PCs for use by students on campus. Dragon v15, Sonocent AudioNote, Mindview and SuperNova v16. are also available to students with a particular need in the Assistive Technology Suite.

    Students who have been asked by their DSA funding body to pay £200 towards a computer can apply for a reimbursement of this amount. For the academic year 2021/21, students on eligible courses whose family income has been means-tested by the Student Loans Company for undergraduate funding as below £35,000 can apply for this via the Inclusive Support Service.

    In instances where a student's needs cannot be met using electronic resources, assistive technology and support to use these, a contribution may also be available to the student to cover printing costs. This is at the discretion of the Dyslexia/SpLD Adviser and will be assessed per academic year on the student's needs and course requirements.

    Yes. Academic Support Workers and Library Assistants with in-house Oxford Brookes staff are currently arranged through the Non-Medical Help Support NMHS Scheme.

    Brookes has made it possible for students to use the Sensus Access Service to convert a document from an inaccessible format (eg image-only PDF file, JPEG pictures, Powerpoint presentations) into an accessible format including MP3 or DAISY audio book.


    Oxford Brookes has 4 lecture theatres offering Lecture capture. This gives staff the ability to record their lectures and post them online. As this provision is not yet available across the university personal recording devices should also be considered. Many students will be able to record their lectures using smart phones, however where this is not possible digital recorders may be provided. There is funding available to pay for a notetaker in circumstances where assistive technology is not an appropriate means of support.

    Enrolled Brookes students can have Microsoft Office 365 for free for the duration of the course. This includes access to the full Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Onenote, etc) for up to five different PCs, five tablets including iPad, Android or Windows, plus five phones. Also included is 1TB of cloud storage.

    To take advantage of this offer please visit this Microsoft website. Students need to select the student tab and enter their Brookes email address. This will trigger an email to the Brookes address, asking for verification.

    If you would like to know more about this offer please contact the IT Service Desk.

    We can provide 1-1 study skills support to students at the Swindon Campus through our in-house provision.

    Recommendations for Higher Education Institutions made in needs assessment reports are provided for guidance. Each university has their own policies and procedures and makes the final decision about reasonable adjustments. If a student has a query about the recommendations made or would like to discuss an addition or change to their Inclusive Support Plan, we would ask them to contact us.

    When students have provided us with an assessment of their dyslexia/SpLD, reasonable adjustments will be implemented in keeping with the Dyslexia/SpLD assessor's findings. In instances where a needs assessor has made a different recommendation to what has already been agreed with us, we will contact the student. This may mean that the student has to obtain further evidence from testing. It cannot be assumed that all recommendations can be implemented.

    It has now been agreed that any student who has an Inclusive Support Plan (ISP) for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, can have an extension of up to one week for coursework (deadline assessments). This will be applied to individual coursework assignments. This does not apply to event assessments (exams or timed tests). If you are unsure if it is applicable to a particular piece of work, please refer to the the module handbook or check with the module leader or another relevant course tutor.