The Assessment Process

Before the Assessment

If you require your assessment through the medium of Welsh or you are a BSL user and require an interpreter, please let us know before the assessment.

You will receive a letter confirming that you have booked an assessment appointment. This will contain:

  • A map
  • A reply form
  • A pre-assessment form
  • Details of the assessment process

Please complete the reply form and pre assessment form and return this to AssessmentCentre@UniLife before your assessment with any medical evidence / diagnostic report. 

 

FOR INFORMATION: Students are not charged for their assessment, but may be required to make a contribution to the cost of some support recommended.

An inclusive fee is charged to and paid for by your funding body (e.g. Student Finance Wales). 

The fee covers:

  • The assessment.
  • Follow up work (including adjustments to support) within the duration of the current course.
  • Assessment of additional disabilities that may be approved by your funding body within the duration of the current course.

The funding body may elect to vary the scope of fee coverage on a case by case basis. The centre will proceed as directed in such circumstances.

Follow on courses (e.g. postgraduate study):

  • If a new course is undertaken, and the subject area and learning and teaching methods are different from your previous course, your funding body may agree to either a new, or topup assessment.
  • If the course is not different, the funding body is likely to arrange for support to rolled over without a further assessment.
  • Should any student feel that new assessment is required, they should make contact with their institutional disability advisor in order that a case for reassessment can be made. 

The Assessment

Please bring any glasses / hearing aids with you.

The assessment is an informal with a specialist in the impact of disability on study. You will discuss how you study currently, and what areas your disability makes more challenging. Most importantly, there will be no tests in your assessment. The assessment should not take more than 2 hours.

The assessor will invite you to explore the day to day impact of your disability on your studies. You will also discuss any support previously accessed – for example a learning support assistant at school. You will then discuss how you access elements of your course such as:

  • Reading and research
  • Essay writing
  • Note taking
  • Exams

As you discuss each area, it is likely that you will identify some areas of difficulty. The assessor will discuss various support options with you, and may demonstrate some software programs that can assist you with your studies.

Should you require a specialist workstation assessment, we will put you in contact with a specialist in this area. 

Recommendations

Each assessment is individual and you will find that your recommendations may differ from other students in receipt of the DSA. 

Please remember that the Disabled Students' Allowances can only be used to cover expenditure and equipment that arise as a direct consequence of the effects of a disability on your studies. It cannot be used to cover support that you would require whether or not you are a student, for example, a personal care assistant. 

After the Assessment

I’ve had my DSA assessment, what now?

Up to two weeks after your assessment appointment

Unless you request to see a draft or your report, your report will be distributed by the Assessments@CampusLife centre to you, your Funding Body and your disability / wellbeing support team

Please Note: Swansea University students who are funded by the NHS will be supported by Disability@CampusLife from this point.

The next point of contact will be a letter from your Funding provider

Your Funding Body should be in touch to confirm if they are in agreement with the support recommendations. If equipment has been recommended as part of your DSA, this will advise you to get in touch with an equipment supplier.

Make contact with your Equipment Supplier

Your equipment should be delivered within 2 weeks of placing the order with your supplier.

Draft Timescale

After returning your draft assessment to the centre  

Your Funding Body should be in touch to confirm if they are in agreement with the support recommendations. If equipment has been recommended as part of your DSA, this will advise you to get in touch with an equipment supplier.

Make contact with your Equipment Supplier

Your equipment should be delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order with your supplier.

 

 

Receiving Support and Reclaiming Expenses

You should receive a letter from your Funding Body confirming if they are in agreement to the recommendations in your report.

You may have been recommended support in the following areas:

Equipment:

Make contact with your Equipment Supplier

Your suppliers contact details should be found under Section E of your report.

Your equipment should be delivered within 2 weeks of placing the order with your supplier.

Non Medical Helpers Allowance

Please contact your institution to arrange this support. Your institutions contact details should be found under Section E of your report.

General Allowance / Travel Allowance

To reclaim costs under these allowances:

Student Finance England

Please complete this form and send to Student Finance England

https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/how-to-claim 

Student Finance Wales 

http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/new-students/201415-what-financial-support-is-available/extra-support/disabled-students%E2%80%99-allowances.aspx#.VMD87EesWSo