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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


Disability Issues

The School welcomes disabled students with disabilities (including those with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia) and is working to make all its courses as accessible as possible. If you have a disability special needs which means that you may require adjustments to be made to ensure access to lectures, tutorials or exams, or any other aspect of your studies, please you should discuss these with your Personal Tutor who will advise on the appropriate procedures.

You should also contact the Student Disability Service, based on the the University of Edinburgh, Third Floor, Main Library, George Square, Edinburgh.   Information about arrangements for disabled users of buildings can be found here.

Contact details:

Telephone: 0131 650 6828
Website: Student Disability Service

An Advisor will be happy to meet with you and can discuss possible learning support which may include adjustments and specific examination arrangements. The SDS Advisor can, assist you with an application for Disabled Students' Allowance, give you information about available technology and personal assistance such as note takers, proof readers or dyslexia tutors, and prepare a Learning Profile for your School which outlines recommended adjustments.

You will be expected to provide the Student Disability Office Service with evidence of your disability - either a letter from your GP or specialist, or evidence of specific learning difficulty.  If you do not have the necessary evidence, the Disability Office can put you in touch with an independent Educational Psychologist.

Details of what is acceptable evidence

Each School has a Coordinator of Adjustments.  In SPS the Coordinator of Adjustments is the Student Experience Officer (Sue Renton).   With your agreement, your Learning Profile will be electronically circulated to the Coordinator of Adjustments, who then approves some or all of its recommendations and produces an Adjustment Schedule. This is then electronically circulated to those concerned with the administration of your courses (Course Conveners and Course Secretaries), your Personal Tutor, and yourself.  Most adjustments (e.g. provision of lecture outlines, permission to record lectures) are handled routinely between the disabled student and the relevant Course Convener.  If a student is allowed extra time on an exam, this is coordinated between the Student Disability Service Disability Office and Student Administration - 

Information from student administration about Adjustment Examinations

However, if if non-standard support adjustments is are needed that is not covered by routine procedures, these can be arranged through the intervention of the Coordinator of Adjustments with support from the Deputy Director of the Undergraduate School, Dr JohnHarries. 

In 2013, the University implemented an Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy, which states that the adjustments in the section below will be "mainstreamed".  This means that the following provisions should be available to ALL students, regardless of whether or not they have a schedule of adjustments/learning profile.

  1. Course outlines and reading lists shall be made available at least 4 weeks before the start of the course.
  2. Reading lists shall indicate priority and/or relevance.
  3. Lecture outlines or PowerPoint presentation slides for lectures/seminars shall be made available to students at least 24 hours in advance of the class.
  4. Key technical words and/or formulae shall be provided to students at least 24 hours in advance of the class.
  5. Students shall be notified by email of changes to arrangements/ announcements such as changes to courses/room changes/cancellations.
  6. Students shall be permitted to audio record lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions using their own equipment for their own personal learning.
  7. All teaching staff shall ensure that microphones are worn and used in all lectures regardless of the perceived need to wear them.

Disability Issues