Admissions procedure for disabled students
The principle behind the procedure is that where an applicant declares a disability we will:
- Respond appropriately and supportively to students declaring a disability.
- Separate disability issues from decision making on academic grounds.
- Ensure admissions staff, tutors, course leaders, etc. fully understand the procedures when offering a place to a student declaring a disability.
- Aim to ensure the applicant is aware of the support available to them from the college.
The Student Services team's role in the admissions process for students with disabilities
All applicants are sent a letter inviting them to make contact with the Student Services team if they have a disability and need any assistance for their interview or would like to discuss any support requirements should they be offered a place at Ravensbourne. The Student Services team will liaise with admissions tutors should any support for interview be required. We will coordinate this provision as appropriate – e.g. organise communicators for deaf students.
A support interview is offered to disabled applicants and is a separate discussion with one of the Student Services team. This takes place after the academic interview and gives the applicant the opportunity to establish any additional requirements they may need and to raise any concerns they might have. Of course, the student does not have to take up the support needs interview if they do not wish to.
The Student Services team is available to all admissions tutors for advice regarding any concerns or questions following an interview with a prospective student. We will ensure that, where appropriate, we will seek advice and guidance from external agencies – for example The National Autistic Society and Greenwich Sensory Service. The Student Services team aim to maintain regular telephone/email contact with students who have been offered a place. This will include liaison with external agencies where required, for example, SFE, disability support agencies etc.
We aim to ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times and that we do not enter into any discussion with a third party (including parents) without the consent of the individual student. Once a student enrols at the College, the Student Services team will establish consent to share information with appropriate members of staff to ensure that effective support can be put into place – for example reasonable adjustments to the delivery of the course/ achievement of learning outcomes.
What happens during a meeting with the Health & Disability Support Coordinator
The Health and Disability Support Coordinator will run through a checklist with you to establish what support you may need and what support you already have in place. You will be able to see this information after the discussion, and sign to agree its contents. The information will be used for the following purposes ;
- To identify what actions the University needs to take to meet your needs
- To begin to identify what support you can get as a student, for example the Disabled Students Allowance
Will this information affect my offer of a place?
No, an offer of a place is made entirely on academic grounds.
Who will see this information?
At this stage, only the Health and Disability Support Coordinator.
How can I be sure this information will be used appropriately, and remain confidential?
The information will not be shared without your consent. If you are offered and accept a place on a course at Ravensbourne, the Health and Disability Support Coordinator will agree with you who should know about your disability, and why.
What if I don’t want this information to be disclosed at all?
Once you have started your course you will be able to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing the disclosure of the information.