Disability covers a broad range of conditions, not all of which are visually apparent. In order to support you at university, our services are designed to take any kind of disability into account.
What We can Offer
We aim to provide a supportive environment that allows all individuals to flourish, and actively encourage applications from disabled people. We are committed to widening participation and provide a range of services to enable those with disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) to access their chosen course. To accomplish this, we offer:
- Adjustments to formal timed examinations, including extra time, readers and scribes, use of computers and rest breaks, subject to receiving appropiate evidence of disability.
- Digital recorders for loan to enable you to record your teaching sessions.
- Assistance in the library to help you find your find way around through colour coded subject areas, accessible spine labels and assistance if you are unable to access the shelving systems.
- An individualised disability/SpLD action plan giving staff an overview of the impact of your disability/SpLD and detailing the adjustments that you require. This is shared, with your consent, with teaching and professional services staff and placement providers (where placements are an integral part of course). We aim to discuss this with you to ensure that these adjustments reflect your needs and assist you in becoming an independent learner, improving your employability skills.
- Access to a range of non-medical help services such as practical support, note-taking, specialist mentoring and study skills. To access these services you will need to have applied for Disabled Students Allowance through your funding body (we can assist you with this process if required). If you are not able to access funding, specialist staff will assess your needs and award you internal funding where appropiate.
- All of our campuses have accessible learning and teaching spaces and adapted residential accommodation. Our aim is to have all our teaching and learning spaces fully accessible and with classroom technology to support you. Please see the university physical accessibility disability statement.
- Assistance with accessing additional allowances such as Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) which covers some of the costs of additional support.
We are mindful of the on-going external changes to funding such as DSA which will be increasing the level of adjustments required to promote accessibility to courses and premises. Please see our university Disability Baseline Statement detailing our current level of anticipatory reasonable adjustments. This document will be updated on an annual basis.
Some students make a special declaration that establishes their need for accessibility provision. But lots of us find that, from time to time, we need some help with accessibility to equipment, hardware or software. The university provides a variety of assistive software and has collated over 100 free accessibility apps for anyone to use, and also provides specialist hardware on each campus such as larger keyboards and mice, and adjustable height desks.
Applying to Study at the University of Cumbria
You are encouraged to declare your disability/SpLD on your UCAS application (Further information on this can be found here). When you declare these details on your UCAS form, they will be forwarded to our disability and SpLD support team who will contact you via e-mail. You may also provide further details directly to us using the attached form: Disability Questionnaire. Please return the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of our recruitment activities (such as open days and interview days) take place in fully accessible buildings. If you are required to take literacy tests as part of an interview day, extra time will be available on the day subject to evidence of your disability. Those attending on an applicant day will have access to a specialist adviser to provide assistance.
If you require any other adjustments, such as a reader for a test or a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, please contact us. All we require is a description of your needs and the date, time, type of event and the campus you will be attending. We will need at least 10 working days’ notice in order to discuss your needs and arrange support.
Attending a Recruitment Event (Open days and interview days)
- All our recruitment activities take place take place in fully accessible buildings.
- If you are required to take literacy tests, as part of an interview day, extra time will be available on the day subject to evidence of your disability.
If you require any other adjustments, such as a reader for a test or a British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter please contact us at email@example.com. Include the following details: a description of your needs, the date(s) and time(s), the type of event and campus you will be attending. We will need at least 10 working days’ notice in order to discuss your needs and arrange support.
Holding an offer and attending an Applicant day?
The service has a specialist adviser available for you to see on these days.
Discussing Support for your Course
A Pre Entry Support Options Meeting is available with a specialist adviser to explore how the various services available will support your individual needs on your course. We will discuss individual adjustments that you may require due to your disability. The meeting can be arranged via telephone, Skype, email or face to face and are sometimes available on the same day as the recruitment event you are attending.
In advance of your appointment, we ask you to complete a disability/SpLD questionnaire and send it to us along with any evidence you may have. If you have already accepted a place and not yet informed us of your disability, please use the questionnaire to inform us of your needs and let us know you are coming so that we can prepare for your arrival.
Accepted a place and not yet contacted us to inform us of your disability?
Please use the Disability Questionnaire to inform us of your needs and let us know you are coming so that we can prepare for you arrival.
Professional and Vocational Courses
We will provide reasonable adjustments in relation to assessment methods, learning and teaching provision, allowing you to demonstrate the required skills and/or meeting specific learning outcomes. Please note that these courses include professional competencies and/or vocational learning outcomes, therefore we may be unable to make adjustments for these requirements.
You are strongly advised to research your chosen profession and to read course information in relation to the learning outcomes in order to ensure that you are aware of any specific requirements. Individual tailored guidance is available to discuss adjustments in supporting your professional and academic development within a pre-entry support options meeting.
University Residential Accommodation
The university has a range of adapted accommodation such as a fully accessible ground floor room for wheelchair users, a room with a visual fire alarm for deaf/hearing impaired students and special medication fridges. Contact the Accommodation service for more details.
If you do have any further questions, feel free to get in touch with the Student and Staff Services department. Click here to find telephone numbers for each of our sites, or alternatively send us an email.