Support for students with dyslexia and other disabilities
The RAU aims to be an inclusive environment and we actively welcome applications from students with disabilities. Your application for a place will be considered solely on academic grounds.
There are many types of disability; visible or hidden; physical (sight, speech, hearing or mobility impairment) or mental health impairments or long term medical conditions. The most frequently encountered is dyslexia and the University employs a specialist dyslexia tutor, John Conway.
We have designed our courses to be accessible to as wide a range of potential students as possible. We ask that you declare your dyslexia or other disability to the Disability Officer as early as possible, so that we can ensure we have provision for your needs in place when you arrive.
As our degrees are vocational, some modules do require physical activity or visual skills in order to complete them successfully.
We have an excellent track record of supporting the needs of students with dyslexia or other forms of specific learning difficulties, and aim to be ‘dyslexia friendly’ in all our teaching and learning environments. Please send a copy of your diagnostic assessment (must be from after your 16th birthday and by an educational psychologist or similar) to email@example.com when you accept the offer of a place. You will then have access to copies of teaching materials in advance, 25% extra time in examinations and any other appropriate exam adjustments (examples: use of a computer, a reader or voice recognition software) and access to our dyslexia tutor to help you develop your learning skills.
Here is a case study written by Mel, a third year undergraduate with some advice from what she learnt during her time at the RAU.
Medical or physical disability
For any other disability, please send a copy of a consultant’s diagnosis or similar direct to the Disability Officer when you accept the offer of a place.
Disabled Students’ Allowance
UK students should apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance as soon as the Student Loan portal opens. This is free, non-means tested support for dyslexia or disability.
Please find some brief details of the specialist support team.