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Enabling ServicesPart of Student Services

Information for staff

The Equality Act 2010 imposes a duty upon higher education institutions to make reasonable adjustments to support students with disabilities in Higher Education.

If for any reason the adjustments recommended by Enabling Services are not possible to put in place, please contact Enabling Services at the earliest opportunity so that we can discuss what adjustments may be appropriate. Unless the faculty contacts us we will assume that all student support recommendations shared with faculties are being followed.

Please see the guidance below relating to Reasonable Adjustments and Student Support Recommendations (SSRs), Student Support Reviews (formerly Fitness to Study) and Return to Study.

Reasonable Adjustments and Student Support Recommendations (SSRs)

Students who may require reasonable adjustments to help them access their course can meet with Enabling Services to discuss the most appropriate support. Enabling Services will then produce an SSR and share this with the student and relevant stakeholders (e.g the faculty). Enabling Services facilitate the reasonable adjustment process however, it is everyone’s responsibility to put them in place.

Please see the guidance documents in the 'Useful Downloads' section below, which outline the reasonable adjustments process.

For information on supporting students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), please visit our Information for Staff - SpLD web pages.

Student Support Review (formerly Fitness to Study)

The aim of the Student Support Review Regulations is to support students if concerns are raised around their health, well-being or behaviour that may be impacting on their academic progress and/or general management of life at University or on placement.

The regulations seek to be both supportive and to actively engage with students prior to decisions made about their fitness to study.

Please see the guidance documents in the 'Useful Downloads' section below, which outline the Student Support Review (formerly Fitness to Study) process.

Return to Study

A Return to Study meeting is a best practice opportunity for the Faculty and student to meet and discuss whether, following a suspension due to health related reasons or following a Student Support Review meeting (previously known as ‘Fitness to Study’), the student is ready to return to study.  Enabling Services may also be present at the meeting.

If the student is ready to return to study, the meeting provides an opportunity to explore how the Faculty and Enabling Services can support the student with their return.

Please see the guidance documents in the 'Useful Downloads' section below, which outline the Return to Study process for students. If faculties require further information, please contact Enabling Services.

Useful Downloads

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