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On this page, we aim to answer some of the questions we are frequently asked by disabled students. Where possible, we provide links to sites where additional information can be found.
If you cannot find an answer to your question here, please contact us.
If you qualify for the Disabled Students’ Allowance you will need to have a DSA Needs Assessment to decide on the support you will need on your course. This assessment is an opportunity for you to discuss with a specialist assessor the areas of your studies that you may need support with. The assessor then makes recommendations on what support can be provided. The assessment will take approximately two hours and involves:
Having an assessment allows you to discuss the types of activities you will have to complete at university and how your disability or medical condition might affect these. It is also a part of the application process for DSA.
A ‘Statement of Educational Need’ that you might have got at school is no longer valid once you join Higher Education. Instead, you will have to have a Needs Assessment when applying for DSA.
The following services are only available to students enrolled on Brookes courses who have registered with the Disability Service.
· Borrow up to 15 books at a time instead of 12
· No fines on one and two week books
Alternative format material - The Library subscribes to a range of electronic resources, including electronic journals and some ebooks.
The support worker scheme will work with you and your course team to try and provide you with enlarged versions of the most important texts, handouts and other materials. However we can’t guarantee that we will be able to enlarge everything. You might also want to apply for DSA as there may be equipment that might help you, such as a portable CCTV to enlarge text on screen.
We can provide support
for students for enrolment and induction only. We will then review your needs with you. If you decide that you don’t need support
but find after a period of time that you do, then we can reinstate the
The type of support available during induction includes a
support worker who can take notes for you or just be with you during
induction week. We can also arrange for you to enrol in a quieter room,
rather than with everyone else.
Please discuss your needs with us so we
can put some support into place for you.
Most students feel nervous delivering presentations which is completely normal. Often over time and with practice students find that these feelings reduce.
Brookes’ Wellbeing run workshops on managing stress and anxiety and has useful material on the website:
If a student has an ongoing disability such as, anxiety or depression, which might affect their ability to do presentations we would discuss reasonable adjustments e.g. delivering the presentation to the module leader and a small group of students. It is best to contact your disability adviser to discuss arrangements.
Some students have a medical condition or disability that that needs to be managed in a specific type of accommodation. If you have a medical condition or disability that we need to consider, you need to tell the Accommodation Bureau about it when you apply. You will also need to send medical evidence with your application.
Your supporting evidence should be a letter which explains your condition. It needs to be written in English by a certified medical practitioner. This letter should state:
Please contact the Accommodation Bureau if you have any questions about the process at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 484660.
From January 2017, the University has moved to a new, virtual parking permit system.
Blue badge holders
If you have a valid Blue Badge you will be entitled to park on-site for free, but must first obtain a Blue Badge Holder Permit (free of charge) or risk receiving a fine. You will be able to park in designated accessible bays across the University’s sites. If you are a Blue Badge Holder you should apply for your new permit here.
Non blue badge holders
From September 2017, there will be no parking for students at Headington campus (including Marston Road). Students who fulfil the eligibility criteria may apply for a general student parking permit at Harcourt, Wheatley and Swindon campuses. More information on student permits can be found on the Travel webpages.
Students are encouraged to use public transport to travel to campus wherever possible and those in receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) may be entitled to receive funding to cover the cost of travel expenses, including taxis where applicable. More information on this can be found on the Government’s DSA website.