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The principle behind the procedure is that where an applicant declares a disability we will:
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 speak to admissions tutors if any support for interview is needed. We will coordinate this provision as appropriate, eg. by organising 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. It gives the applicant an opportunity to tell us about any additional requirements they 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 want to.
The Student Services team is available to all admissions tutors for 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, or disability support agencies.
We aim to maintain confidentiality at all times, and that we won't enter into any discussion with a third party (including parents) without the consent of the individual student.
Once a student enrols at the university, the Student Services team will gain 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.
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:
No, an offer of a place is made entirely on academic grounds.
At this stage, only the Health and Disability Support Coordinator.
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.
Once you have started your course you will be able to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing the disclosure of the information.
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