The UCO wants all students to be able to study to the best of their ability. However, students with disabilities can be disadvantaged at university without support and adjustments put in place. For students to get the most out of their studies, the UCO encourages students with disabilities to get in touch with the Student Support Department as soon as possible to receive advice and guidance.
What is a disability?
A disability is a long-term condition caused by a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on a student’s ability to do normal daily activities.
Whom can we support?
Students with visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder and other long-term health conditions can all be provided with tailored support during their time at the UCO.
Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and dyscalculia can also receive support with their studies.
Whom do I tell?
Students are encouraged to contact the Student Support Manager and arrange a confidential appointment if they have or suspect they have a disability. The Student Support Manager can discuss the support options available and potential adjustments.
How can we support you?
Once a student has declared they have a disability, the UCO can put in place exam adjustments such as extra time, a separate examination room or an exam scribe. Staff can also arrange support with their learning from our Student Learning Advisor or from external parties.
Adjustments to academic facilities can be arranged where necessary. Staff are very accommodating to students with disabilities and are happy to make adjustments in class or clinic when needed.
Any adjustments or support offered to a student is tailored to their particular need. In order to get the right support, the UCO wants all students to communicate honesty, without fear of judgement, to the Student Support staff so the right support can be put in place as early as possible.
Disabilities rarely prevent someone joining our course; however, they can make a student experience more challenging without support. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Student Support Department if they have concerns about a disability so they are well prepared for they studies at the UCO.