Example 1: A deaf student is asked to work in a small group. The deaf student uses a British Sign Language Interpreter and the other students in the group complain to the Lecturer that when working with this student, they are being disadvantaged as it takes time for the Interpreter to communicate the information to the deaf student. Whilst the work may take longer, this allows all students to have the opportunity to contribute and as such the disadvantage is mild.
Example 2: A student with a visual impairment is following an online distance learning course. S/he could submit essays electronically but receive marked essays by post with hand-written comments in the margins that they are unable to read. By offering feedback electronically, a reasonable adjustment is made as this is accessible to the student who has appropriate software installed on his/her computer.
Examples of less favourable treatment
Example 1 Admissions/Induction: A student in a wheelchair cannot participate fully in the admissions/induction process because it is held at various inaccessible locations around the University. If adjustments are not made to allow the student to complete the enrolment/induction process at accessible locations it would probably be unlawful.
Example 2 Examinations: A student with dyslexia requires extra time and to use a computer to type answers. If refused this is likely to be unlawful.
Example 3 Lectures: A student who cannot write or take notes easily is prevented, by a tutor, from using a digital recorder in lectures. This is likely to be unlawful.
Example 4 Accessing Materials: A Module handbook given to all students is not given in a suitable format to a student with specific needs, when it is the responsibility of the University to do so. This is likely to be unlawful.
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Programme Performance Checks
Staff development sessions to help programme teams prepare for the new Programme Performance Checks are available on request through your College Lead in Quality Enhancement - Further guidance materials are being provided on Sharepoint.