The University will always do its best to accommodate adjustments whenever possible; however, there are rare occasions when it may not be feasible for particular adjustments to be put in place. This may be because of the practicality of the adjustment or because it has a detrimental effect on other students. The cost of some adjustments may also make them impractical to implement, for example, where major building work would be involved. In addition, some recommendations may not be feasible if they conflict with University policy or regulations. The University will, however, consider all requests on their individual merit.
Similarly, where, for reasons of confidentiality, a student requests that information about their disability is not disseminated to their School of study or other named areas within the University, this may limit the ability of the Disability & Dyslexia Team to put particular adjustments in place.
In terms of academic study, it may not be possible to put in place a reasonable adjustment where it conflicts with an academic competence standard. Where competence standards are involved, the University has a duty to put adjustments in place to help the individual to meet the standard, but not to alter the standard itself.
There may also be time restrictions which affect when a reasonable adjustment can be put in place. For example, timetabling demands mean that there is a deadline for examination adjustments. Students who do not provide sufficient evidence to the Disability & Dyslexia Team before the examination deadline may not be able to have adjustments put in place for the set of examinations to which the deadline refers. Adjustments would only apply from the following set of examinations onwards.
Personal support can occasionally be affected by the availability of support workers. Some types of support worker, such as communicators, are in high demand and must be booked in advance. Similarly, where the requests for support come in at the end of an academic term, there can sometimes be issues with availability as most support workers are already fully booked. The University will do its best to keep this type of problem to a minimum, however, we do encourage all of our applicants and students to contact as early as possible so that we can work with the agencies involved to put your support in place.
Where a student is entitled to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances but either refuses to do so or fails to submit subsequent application forms, the University may decline to put adjustments that should be funded from these allowances in place until it receives confirmation that the funding has been claimed. The University has the legal right to take this funding into account as the allowances are mandatory and non-means tested and therefore available to all students who meet the eligibility criteria. The University reserves the right to recover support costs in these instances.