Admissions procedures

Admission procedure for disabled students at Ravensbourne University

Admissions and transfer policy

Our admissions and transfer policies can be found in our General Academic Regulations. You can download the full document here.

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  

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.

Support interview

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.

Supporting staff

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.  

Support after a place has been offered 

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.

Health and 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 identify what support you can get as a student, for example the Disabled Students Allowance.