BGU and Students with Access Needs
Here at BGU we recognise that you may require additional assistance to engage fully with your studies due to your access needs. Student Advice plays a key role in co-ordinating services available to BGU’s disabled and sensory impaired students, and/or with specific learning differences or other access needs before and during their studies. In order to assess the level of support you may require, we use the legal definition of disability, which is wide ranging but includes:
- Specific learning differences including dyslexia
- Physical mobility difficulties
- Hearing impairments
- Visual impairments
- Persons requiring personal care
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome
- Mental health difficulties
- Medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or asthma
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list – you may have access needs that are not listed above. If you are unsure whether you have access needs which are covered by disability legislation, please contact us – we will be happy to offer advice and guidance.
Financial Assistance and Support
We can help you apply for financial assistance and specialist support in respect of your access needs. You will have the opportunity to indicate whether you have access needs on your UCAS application and through the BGU Admissions process. You can also approach us for support after you have registered on your course, but we recommend doing this as early as possible (prior to Enrolment) in order to ensure support is in place at the beginning of your studies.
We recognise that you may not regard yourself as “disabled”, even though your circumstances satisfy the legal definition. Students have told us they prefer the terms “accessibility” and “access needs”, so we use these terms instead wherever we can. It is important to recognise that your interpretation of your situation does not rule out the availability of additional support – particularly via the Disabled Student’s Allowance.
We are happy to explore available opportunities to address your needs, and we will seek to ensure those needs are met and remain sensitive to your perspective of your circumstances. A wide range of reasonable adjustments exist which seek to address the issues that arise from the above list of conditions.
Please contact our Student Advice Team if you have any questions or concerns relating to accessibility needs.