Disability service

Campus Buddies to support University of Bath students with Asperger syndrome / Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

The Disability Service, in conjunction with the Students’ Union Volunteer Centre, will be running a Campus Buddy Scheme beginning in September 2016 to support students with Asperger syndrome / ASC. We are seeking undergraduate volunteers who have been at the University for one year or more; or postgraduate volunteers who have studied as an undergraduate at the University of Bath.

The role will involve supporting the basic social aspects of being a new student at the University, including:

  • showing a student around campus
  • showing a student where specific facilities are and how to use them e.g. the laundrette, the library
  • assisting a student to access a social situation such as the Freshers’ Fair, club or society
  • showing a student where the local supermarket is.

Volunteers will be paired with a student and will support them during Semester One. You must be able to commit to attending two training sessions in April 2016 and be available for up to five hours during Freshers’ Week and for one hour per week after that during Semester One 2016/17.

You will receive full training from the Disability Service and the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service (BASS) and supervision throughout the project.

Although we cannot guarantee that there will be a student available to pair you with, we hope that you will find the training interesting and helpful to you in your future career.

If you have a placement in Semester One, please could you ensure that you are able to commit to the required sessions outlined above.

For a role description and application please contact: (please title the email Campus Buddy).

Informal interviews will be held in March, so please register your interest as soon as possible.

Do you need alternative exam arrangements?

Do you require alternative exam arrangements and have not yet got these in place with your Department?  These can include, for example:

  • extra time
  • use of a reader or scribe
  • use of a computer
  • rest breaks

In order to have these arrangements in place you must have had an appointment with a Disability Adviser before 11 March.  It is important that you bring appropriate evidence to this appointment.  Please note that appointments get booked up very quickly so you are advised to make your appointment as soon as possible.

You can make an appointment by coming in to the Student Services Centre or by phoning 01225 385538

Further information about alternative exam arrangements