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Information for DSA Needs Assessors

If you are a DSA Needs Assessor there is information here about University provision to assist you in making assessments for our students.

Covid-19 arrangements for new and current students

Induction for new students

On coming to Bath, Student Living Ambassadors will welcome students to their new home, organise activities to support their wellbeing and help students to live a healthy life. The Students’ Union will deliver a varied and full programme from the start of term and our active societies are finding new ways to offer an exciting and inclusive experience. The University recognises that some students may be unable to come to Bath in September due to health and safety restrictions associated with Covid-19. Therefore, they are developing a process for students to apply to study remotely until it is possible to move to Bath. Further details will be available in mid-August.

Beginning at Bath, an early arrival event for students who may struggle with the transition to university (detailed below) will be delivered remotely this year.

Campus buddies (detailed below) will organise both face to face and remote meetings with their students.

Disability Support

The Disability Advisers will be offering daily face to face and remote appointments. Remote appointments can be via telephone or video call (Microsoft Teams). Other teams within Student Services including Counselling & Mental Health, Wellbeing and Student Money Advice will also be offering face to face and remote appointments.

Blended Learning

The University aims to ensure that, within a full timetable of learning activities, students will typically receive a 4 hour session each week of in-person learning. This is being specially designed by departments to meet the needs of students on each programme, and in-person learning will normally focus on small group tutorials and seminars, peer-to-peer learning and group discussions. Where relevant, in-person time will also be spent on lab work. In addition to this, there will be live interactive sessions using Microsoft Teams and other online platforms as well as independent study. The University is not planning to provide in-person large group teaching and lectures, instead delivering content online so that students can access this when it fits best with their schedule.

The Disability Advice Team will work with students to identify any difficulties they experience when accessing remote teaching and will implement any required adjustments including captioning, transcription services and notetaking support.

Should exams be undertaken on-line/remotely, then further information will be provided to students regarding their reasonable adjustments nearer the time.

Course information

Information on undergraduate and postgraduate courses can be found on our courses web page. Most undergraduate courses are delivered over a 30 week academic year comprising two 15 week semesters.

Reasonable adjustments

Recommendations made by DSA Study Needs Assessors will be considered within the context of the University’s policies and procedures and implementation is at the University’s discretion.

The Disability Service actively encourage appointments with students during the summer months before they commence their studies. This ensures support and reasonable adjustments are in place from the beginning of their course.

The Disability Service produce Disability Access Plans (DAPs) for students which informs their department about the impact of their disability and make recommendations for reasonable adjustments.

Non-medical helpers

The University does not have a preferred supplier of non-medical helper support. Students are able to book rooms to meet with a support worker on campus. We would advise that Needs Assessors check that individual NMH suppliers have availability to meet a specific student’s requirements before including them in their report.

If NMH support is identified in the needs assessment which falls outside current DSA provisions, such as Band 1 and 2 support, assessors are asked to outline the difficulties that the student is likely to face, and outline any specific details relating to why DSA-funded support will not be sufficient.

Exam arrangements

Exam arrangements are organised by the Disability Service and there are deadlines by which students need to apply for these. The deadline is normally approximately six weeks before the start of the assessment period. Arrangements are put in place following a discussion with the student and consideration of supporting medical evidence. Exam arrangements can include:

  • extra time
  • stop-the-clock rest breaks
  • use of assistive technology software
  • use of readers, scribes and prompts
  • alternative venues.

Further information regarding exams including video explaining alternative examination arrangements.

Transition support for students

Pre-arrival event

Students identified as likely to experience difficulties with the transition to University are invited to a pre-arrival event organised by the Disability Service. If you assess a student who you think would benefit from this event, please email the Disability Service. Students are invited to arrive at the University two days before the main arrival day and there is a schedule of informative and social events.

Campus buddies

This scheme, run by the Disability Service, offers first year students with ASC or social anxiety the opportunity of being matched with a current, fully trained, student volunteer.

Lecture capture

The University of Bath has Re:View lecture capture technology to enable teaching staff to record presentations and lectures, and to make them available via Moodle. This is an opt-in scheme for lecturers and not all teaching rooms are equipped with lecture capture facilities. Students who need recordings may therefore be required to use their own recording equipment or software. The University also has a site license for Caption.Ed which enables all students to access live automated captions for remote teaching sessions. Students will need to contact a Disability Adviser for access to this software.

Transport and parking

The University has disabled parking bays for blue badge holders. Undergraduate students who live within the BA1 and BA2 postcodes are not normally provided with parking permits. They can, however, use the pay and display parking spaces (which are limited in number). Disabled students who require a University parking permit should apply to the parking office and supply supporting medical evidence.


The University has a range of accessible accommodation and en-suite accommodation. Students are required to complete the additional requirements application form and provide supporting medical evidence by 1 July in their year of entry.

Library services and alternative formats

Subject librarians can meet with students for a one-to-one introduction to the library and a confidential conversation about the types of library support required such as alternative formats. The library may be able to obtain reading resources in a more accessible format such as PDF, directly from the publisher.

Assistive technology and equipment

Students can be referred to the AT service for short or long term loans of equipment including laptops with assistive software installed including speech-to-text and mind mapping programs. There is a dedicated study room in the library containing computers with additional specialist software and hardware to provide speech-to-text, screen magnification, scanning and dedicated print and Braille output.

All students can download MS Office 365 free of charge.

£200 laptop contribution

Students are able to apply to the University hardship fund for support with this cost. Alternatively, students can obtain an application form from the Disability Service.

Skills Centre

All University students can access academic, mathematics and language skills support and enhancement at the Skills Centre. The Academic Skills Program runs courses, workshops, one-to-one support and drop-ins. The Mathematics Resources Centre (MASH) offers all students support with maths and statistics problems.

Sensitive marking

The University does not offer sensitive marking and labels/stickers are not used to identify students.


If you have any questions, please contact us.