Making reasonable adjustments to enable fair access to study at Goldsmiths
Goldsmiths can make reasonable adjustments to any aspect of university life, including assessments and examinations. These adjustments aim to ensure that disabled students are given fair access to study and assessment, as set out in the Equality Act 2010.
Lecture and seminar adjustments
- Disabled students can record lectures and seminars
- Supporting materials for lectures are uploaded to the relevant Learn.Gold (Virtual Learning Environment, VLE) in advance
- Some lecture theatres and classrooms have been fitted with induction loops
- Rooms can be changed if accessibility is an issue
Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) are entitled to 25% additional time in unseen examinations. A cover sheet lets the person marking the assessment know that the student has an SpLD.
Students with SpLDs are not currently eligible for coursework extensions.
Students with long-term health conditions can request coursework deadline adjustments (short extensions). These need to be requested, and are not automatically in place. Your Reasonable Adjustment Student Agreement (RASA) will outline the process for requesting a short extension.
We will make any other assessment adjustments based on your discussion with a Learning Support Officer.
For example, some students may be eligible to use a computer in examinations. Others may be used to working with an amanuensis/scribe in exams. You will need to meet with a Learning Support Officer to be assessed as eligible for arrangements such as these.
If you have missed a coursework deadline or were unable to sit your exams as planned, you can apply for extenuating circumstances.
Reasonable Adjustments for May 2017 Examinations
The deadline to apply for these is Thursday 23rd March 2017.
If you have a RASA in place already you do not need to do anything. Check your current adjustments at My Goldsmiths.
To arrange for reasonable adjustments to be put in place (or to change your existing adjustments) you will need to meet with a member of the Inclusion and Learning Support Team.
How to apply for reasonable adjustments
Students with SpLDs can register online for reasonable adjustments.
Students with other types of impairment or disability need to register with the Inclusion and Learning Support team to make sure that the necessary adjustments are identified. Contact a Learning Support Officer to register.
You will be offered a Reasonable Adjustment Student Agreement (RASA) outlining the support and adjustments that you can expect from Goldsmiths.