Disability, Mental Health and Dyslexia Support

Newman University offers support to students with physical or sensory loss, mobility difficulties, long term physical or mental health issues, autism, or Specific Learning Difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or AD(H)D.  If you have any additional needs, please come and register with Student Support during Fresher’s week or early in the first semester.

Various types of arrangements and reasonable adjustments can be made to enable you to access your learning more readily, for example:

  • We can liaise with academic staff to ensure that appropriate adjustments are made to learning, teaching or assessment processes.
  • We can explore individual  exam arrangements or alternative assessments, if appropriate
  • Use of assistive technology.

We also have a range of self-help resources available, and run stress management workshops and other awareness events throughout the year.

Additional funding to help support your study needs is available through Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA), granted by your funding body, Student Finance England. This can pay for equipment or assistive technology and personal assistance such as a note taker, dyslexia support tutor, mental health mentor or BSL interpreter.  You are advised to apply for this funding before you enrol so that additional support can be put in place at the start of your course. To find out of you are eligible or to apply, please see here.

If you have any concerns about how you will manage a disability, health issue or Specific Learning Difficulty whilst at Newman University, or if you need particular arrangements to be made for you, prior to starting your course, please get in touch with Heather Griffiths, Inclusion Coordinator. Email: h.griffiths@newman.ac.uk, or telephone 0121 476 1181 ext. 2421.

To find out more about the support available, or if you need particular arrangements to be made for you prior to starting your course, please get in touch with Heather Griffiths, Inclusion Coordinator. Email: h.griffiths@newman.ac.uk, or telephone 0121 476 1181 ext. 2421.

Further information re support relating to different impairments or health issues can be found on the Student Support pages of the Newman website.

Key Contacts

For mental health issues, e.g. depression, anxiety or a diagnosed mental health condition please contact  Lynne Whitlock, Mental Health Adviser. Email l.whitlock@newman.ac.uk, Tel: 0121 476 1181 ext 2377

For any physical health issues, disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, or specific learning difficulty (other than dyslexia) please contact Heather Griffiths, Inclusion Coordinator. Email h.griffiths@newman.ac.uk, Tel: 0121 476 1181 ext 2421

 

Dyslexia Support

If you suspect or know that dyslexia is a factor in your learning, please contact Becky Hartland-Fox (r.hartland-fox@newman.ac.uk), Newman's Dyslexia Advisor.  Becky can:

  • Support you to complete a Disabled Students’ Allowances application to ensure funding for resources and dyslexia support
  • Arrange a dyslexia screening appointment with you 
  • Outline the process for accessing Dyslexia Support at Newman.

Dyslexia Support is designed to teach you specific strategies to ensure you are able to demonstrate your full potential when tackling academic tasks.  The service aims to promote independent learning through effective metacognitive approaches.

Sessions are scheduled on a weekly basis.  Support will be timetabled and take place at the same time with the same dyslexia specialist each week and will be provided in line with assessment recommendations, your diagnostic profile of dyslexia, and your own identified support requirements. In order to ensure that the support you receive is specific and monitored, you will agree SMART targets with your tutor and review these each semester.

Because the demand for Dyslexia Support is high, we encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible so that support can be discussed and arranged.

If you have general questions about dyslexia or Dyslexia Support Services, please contact Lorraine Loveland-Armour, Newman's Dyslexia Support Services Team Leader for more information on 0121 476 1181, ext. 2519 or by email at: l.loveland-armour@newman.ac.uk

 


 

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