Job details


The Registry

Responsible to

Assistant Registrar, Student Services


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus, Multi-site


£33,365 to £36,157 per annum

Closing date

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Contract type


Post type




About the role

As the Disability Team Leader, you'll be responsible for managing the delivery and development of the Disability Advisory team, ensuring the delivery of high quality guidance and advice to students and staff across the University.

You'll have a good understanding of disability issues and disability legislation, as well as an understanding of how disability impacts the student experience. An ability to work collaboratively, initiate developments and see them through to completion is essential.

Principal accountabilities

  1. To manage the Disability Advisory team and take responsibility for the provision of specialist guidance and advice for students, ensuring they work in an efficient and effective manner.
  2. Provide advice and guidance to prospective and current disabled and/or students with specific learning difficulties on support available within the University and externally (such as applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)) and the range of support they can expect.
  3. Provide professional/suitable guidance to disabled students with a wide range of disabilities, both internally and to external organisations.
  4. Manage the Disability Adviser team and their caseload of disabled applicants and students, ensuring clear case notes, working within agreed procedures and protocols.
  5. Manage a personal caseload as and when required.
  6. Ensure a professional, specialist advice and guidance service to disabled applicants and students through undertaking assessments of need and planning their support.
  7. Work collaboratively with disabled applicants, external agencies and internal networks to support transition to university and ensure a quality experience throughout the student journey.
  8. Support the assessment and selection process for Study Coaches.
  9. Ensure service level key performance indicators are met.
  10. To liaise closely with the Counselling and Mental Health Services Manager, ensuring the ongoing monitoring and analysis of trends, looking at service demands and resources and striving to keep them relevant and appropriate for our student population.
  11. Collaborative working with the wider University and DSRL halls to coordinate support; ensuring the ongoing development of the service and creating strategies to promote inclusivity and the health and wellbeing of students.
  12. Liaise with external organisations and agencies concerned with the needs of disabled students, for example Student Finance, Non-Medical Helper Agencies etc.
  13. Be proactive in the promotion of study technology that enables delivery of one to many support strategies that promotes independence and autonomous learning and prepares students for employability and engagement in enterprise.
  14. Through active membership of disability, networks keep abreast of local and national initiatives, changes within legislation, codes of practice and to funding bodies’ regulations, which may affect the sector.
  15. Liaise with the relevant University staff, both in the central support services and in the Schools, to ensure appropriate support arrangements for disabled students are in place in all areas of University life, including the curriculum, assessments, accommodation, physical access to buildings and grounds, recommending enhancements and adjustments where required.
  16. Liaise with assessors within the University of Derby Assessment Centre (UDAC) to discuss suitable recommendations for students and applicants and advocating for students where the Assessment of Need does not meet the students need.
  17. Work closely with managers around complex support packages and reasonable adjustments for disabled students and applicants.
  18. Work collaboratively with the other Student Service team co-ordinators to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of internal systems.
  19. Monitor student support agreements and ensure that funding arrangements are in place.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business Requirements


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at

Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

We recommend you take time to read the government guidance on individual eligibility requirements for sponsorship to check you will meet the criteria prior to applying. Skilled Worker visa: Your job - GOV.UK (

If you have any questions regarding sponsorship please contact

DBS check

If you are successful, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The post for which you are applying is exempt from Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 requiring any spent convictions to be declared. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence and only used when considering your suitability for the post.

To enable us to process your DBS check please ensure you are able to supply the documentation listed on the DBS website at interview stage.


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