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Goldsmiths Learning Support Officers are available to help you to put in place any equipment or support you need to study effectively at Goldsmiths. Learn more about registering a disability, what support we can provide, adjustments offered and more.

Registering a disability, health condition or specific learning difficulty

Applicants

Please register your disability with us

Current students

Learning Support Officers provide advice and guidance on reasonable adjustments and additional support. Students can speak with a Learning Support Officer in the Student Centre, Room 117 in the Richard Hoggart Building during one of our drop-in sessions*.

Drop-In Advice Sessions are held:

Mondays 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Tuesdays 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Wednesdays 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Thursdays 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Fridays 9.30am - 10.30am

*Please note that during the summer, you should call into the Student Centre to book an appointment with the team, in place of the drop-in sessions above.

Examples of support provided

Here are some examples of support our Learning Support Officers can provide.

  • Access around the campus
  • Liaison with tutors concerning adjustments
  • Assistive Technology
  • Recording lectures
  • Location of hearing loops, accessible toilets, etc.
  • Examination adjustments
  • Study skills support
  • Library support and extended loans
  • Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

Location

Richard Hoggart Building, Room 117

Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm

Alternatively you can call us on 020 7919 7050 or email studentcentre@gold.ac.uk.

Possibility of Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD)

The Student Centre can also advise on how to obtain evidence for those who think they may have a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, etc). Short screening appointments can be booked in the Student Centre.

We also arrange full assessments at a subsidised rate. The current charge to students is £90.00 (full fees are around £400).

Reasonable adjustments provided at Goldsmiths

Disabled students need to register with the Inclusion and Learning Support team to ensure that the necessary adjustments are identified. Each disabled student will be offered a Reasonable Adjustment Student Agreement (RASA) which will outline the appropriate support and adjustments that can be expected from Goldsmiths.

Lectures and seminars

  • Disabled students may record lectures
  • Supporting materials for lectures are uploaded to the relevant Learn.Gold (Virtual Learning Environment, VLE) in advance of lectures.
  • Some lecture theatres and class rooms have induction loops fitted.
  • Rooms will be changed if accessibility is an issue.

Assessments

Students with SpLDs are entitled to 25% additional time in unseen examinations and markers are alerted to the student having an SpLD by way of an assessment cover sheet.

Currently students with SpLDs are not eligible for course work extensions.

Students with long term health conditions can request course work deadline adjustments (short extensions). These are on request and not automatic. The process will be outlined in the student’s RASA.

Other assessment adjustments are made based on a discussion with a Learning Support Officer and the creation of a RASA.

For example, some students may be eligible to use a computer in examinations and students used to working with an amanuensis in exams will need to discuss this with a Learning Support Officer.

Library

Alternative formats of readings can be accessed via subject librarians.

Additional support

Disabled students will be offered additional support if reasonable adjustments are unlikely to address all the barriers a student faces.

This can include:

  • Specialist One to One Study Skills Support
  • Specialist Mentoring
  • Assistive Technology Training
  • Note taking
  • British Sign Language Interpreting
  • Practical assistance
  • Travel

Disabled Students' Allowance

The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a grant available to pay for the additional costs of studying that cannot be met through reasonable adjustments.

The level of support provided is individually assessed, depending on your needs. More information is available via the link on the right hand side of this page.

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Website

We have the Browse aloud facility installed so that site visitors can receive an audio version of the web site.

Assistive Technology

Claro Read Plus and Claro Read for Mac are licensed software for use across the campus and we also have Dragon Dictate (PC and MAC) available.

A variety of assistive software is available for the use of Disabled Students in the Assistive Technology Centre (ATC) located in the Library building. This room has 9 computer terminals and also two rooms equipped for the use of students with visual impairments.

Who is covered by the term “Disability”?

Goldsmiths seeks to make reasonable adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010, to ensure disabled students can participate equally in all aspects of college life.

By the term ‘disabled students’ we mean people with physical and sensory impairments, mental health needs, people with long-term health conditions and `also those with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD etc).

The following are recognised as disabilities;

  • Specific Learning Difficulties (eg dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD)
  • Visual impairment
  • Deaf / hard of hearing
  • Mobility difficulties (eg back condition, wheelchair user)
  • Health conditions (eg cancer, ME, arthritis, epilepsy)
  • Mental health needs (eg depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder)
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (eg Aspergers Syndrome)

This is by no means is an exhaustive list. We are here to support and advise you if you are facing (or potentially facing) disabling barriers, so if you have an impairment or condition not listed here, please do get in touch.

Frequently asked questions

 

I am disabled and would like to study here. What is available for me?

Goldsmiths has a dedicated Inclusion and Learning team which is part of Student Services.  The team is responsible for the co-ordination of support for current and prospective disabled students.

The University is committed to supporting students, and will make reasonable adjustments to allow you to concentrate on your academic studies and support your independence.

What is considered a disability?

The following are considered as disabilities;

  • Specific learning difficulties (eg dyslexia, dyspraxia ADD)
  • Visual impairment
  • Deaf / hard of hearing
  • Mobility difficulties (eg back condition, wheelchair user)
  • Health conditions (eg cancer, ME, arthritis, epilepsy)
  • Mental health needs (eg depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder)
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (eg Aspergers ayndrome)

This is by no means is an exhaustive list. The Inclusion and Learning team is here to support and advise you if you are facing (or potentially facing) disabling barriers. So if you have an impairment or condition not listed here, please contact the Inclusion and Learning team to discuss how we can help.

Do I have to disclose my disability?

Goldsmiths positively encourages students/applicants to disclose any disability which may affect them on their course. By disclosing a disability, it will ensure that the appropriate support or ‘reasonable adjustments’ are put in to place to try to reduce any barriers an individual may face due to their disability or specific learning difficulty.

As a disabled student, am I eligible for any funding?

You may be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).  This is a grant to help meet the additional study related costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. It is aimed at helping disabled students to study on an equal basis with other students. DSA is paid for by your funding body.  For more information on how to apply please contact the Inclusion and Learning team.

How do I go about getting an assessment for Dyslexia?

If you have not already seen a member of the Inclusion and Learning team, you are invited to come to one of the Drop-in sessions, which are held in the Student Centre. A member of the Inclusion and Learning team will then talk through with you the process of getting a dyslexia assessment (you can also discuss any other disability you may have).