Specialist support for disabled postgraduate research students
The Disability Adviser for Postgraduate Students, Dr Emma Rowlett, works with postgraduate research students (PGRs) who are disabled or have a long-term medical condition or mental health difficulties.
Emma is available to discuss:
Reasonable adjustments to research courses, including the Viva Voce examination
Applications for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
Developing useful study skills and strategies
Runs an online course: "Surviving the PhD"
Liaises with supervisors and other staff to help them support disabled PGRs
Works with the Graduate School to ensure its courses are inclusive and can help students to choose which ones may be most useful to them
Other advisers in the Disability Support Team are available to work with disabled undergraduate and taught postgraduate students. Support for students with dyslexia or other SpLDs is provided by the Dyslexia Support Team.
To make an appointment with any of these services please call 0115 9513710
Dr Emma Rowlett
Disability Adviser for Postgraduate Students
The Graduate School
A13 Highfield House
Tel: 0115 8468849
Usual hours of work: 8.15am-3.30pm Tuesdays and 8.15am-1.15pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
DSA for Postgraduate Students
Most 'home' postgraduate students are eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This is a non-means tested and non-repayable grant for specialist software and equipment and non-medical helpers such as notetakers and mentors. It may also include a general allowance for photocopying, books and consumable items such as ink and paper, and a travel allowance for students who have additional costs because they are unable to use public transport.
If this is your first application for DSA, you will need to attend a Study Needs and Strategies Assessment to determine the specific support you require. If you received DSA during a previous course, your most recent assessment report will be used as the basis for your new application and you do not normally need a new assessment. Equipment is not automatically replaced when you start a new course, but depending on its age or condition an upgrade or replacement may be recommended.
The application process depends on how you are funded:
Research Council funded students should email Emma Rowlett as applications are handled internally. Please note Research Councils do not provide a general allowance but Emma can discuss possible alternative sources of funding for these items.
The application process for self-funded students, or those with funding not listed above, varies according to which part of the UK you live in:
If the application form you are using requires the University to sign to confirm you are studying here (such as Section 5 of the Student Finance England form) you should ask a member of staff in your department to do this. Disability/Dyslexia Support are unable to do this.
If you are not eligible for DSA (for example, you are an overseas student) your Disability Adviser or Dyslexia Tutor can explore alternative sources of funding with you and the University will endeavour to provide a similar level of support.