Disabilities and Learning Support Needs

GCU is committed to providing an inclusive student experience, which offers all students the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

The Learning Support and Disability Team provides advice, information and services to disabled students and applicants. Each year, around 10% of all GCU students disclose a disability. This includes students with long term medical conditions, sensory impairment, mental ill-health, physical impairments, specific learning disabilities (for example, dyslexia) and students on the autism spectrum.

Glasgow Caledonian University in London seeks to promote a learning environment which minimises the impact of disability on the student experience. Towards this aim, we assist staff at GCU by offering information, advice and training related to the support of disabled students, and the promotion of accessible and inclusive teaching and service provision.

Please email disability@gculondon.ac.uk if you have any queries relating to your own needs, or if you wish to know more about GCU’s approach to supporting disabled students.

 

Disability Support

We encourage all students to disclose a potentially disabling condition or impairment as soon as possible. Any information you provide in relation to disability will be treated sensitively and in confidence. You may do this on your course application or by contacting us directly. During this process we will ask you to provide any medical or diagnostic evidence that you may have related to your disability.

You will be invited to a meeting with a member of staff from our Student Wellbeing Team who will discuss your concerns with you, in an informal and confidential one-to-one setting, and will advise you whether any individual adjustments, services or facilities may be of benefit to you.  

If there are adjustments your lecturers need to make to support you in your studies, these will recorded in a report. This is shared with your lecturers and advises them how best to support you. This can be reviewed over time as your circumstances might change.

Please email disability@gculondon.ac.uk if you have any queries relating to your own needs, or if you wish to know more about GCU’s approach to supporting disabled students.

Learning Support Needs

GCU provides students with access to a range of assistive software packages and equipment which can help with learning, reading, writing and note taking. 

Assistive technology includes both hardware and software that can help people with disabilities, but many types of assistive technology are helpful for people without disabilities too.

The main assistive technologies for helping students with dyslexia at GCU include Read and Write Gold and Mind Genius on PC, Study Apps for smartphone and tablet, and the inbuilt accessibility features in Windows and Mac OS. The GCU Disability Team have created a document which outlines how to use Accessible Technologies for remote working.

  • TextHelp Read and Write Gold - This operates as a toolbar that can assist students of all levels with their reading, writing and research skills. The software allows students to develop their literacy skills and enjoy greater independence. Useful features include text to speech, and enhanced spell check tools.
  • Mind Genius - This is mind mapping software that can help with planning your study or organising your workload.
  • Study Apps – There is a great deal of variety in the available Apps you can use to help with your study. To get you started, we have gathered a list of some of the most popular/used Apps

Mind Genius and Read and Write Gold are available on all University computers on campus, and you can also install Mind Genius at home. To do so, just go to the “At Home Software” section of the website for more instructions.

Please email learningsupport@GCULondon.ac.uk if you have any queries relating to your own learning support needs.

Staff Support

GCU is committed to the development of learning opportunities which are inclusive by design and which do not discriminate against disabled learners. Many of the approaches that will benefit students with disabilities will be helpful to all students and should be adopted within an inclusive teaching framework.

It also provides an opportunity for identifying barriers and biases in programme material/activities. Additionally, it aligns with the Strategy for Learning Principle of inclusive, accessible learning and supports the University’s compliance with the Equality Act (EQA) 2010.

The following Inclusive and Accessible Learning & Teaching Checklist  provides guidance for academic colleagues who are involved in the design or delivery of modules and programmes has been produced. 

The guidance has been designed to work on different layers. There is a quick tip, list style presentation, of the key concepts, for those who perhaps feel more confident about their use of IT packages. For anyone who would like further detail on each of the tips, there are full instructions on how to carry out these tasks. Also, there is be a section to explain exactly why good design matters. It looks at how students access their material, what software packages they might be using and why. The aim of this multi layered approach it to meet the needs of staff across the institution. For those who want a deeper understanding of why accessible materials are so important, this should be provided. For those who want to find out how to change certain features within their documents, and finally for those who wish to have a quick check of the overall principles. The guidance is designed to be as fluid and simple to use as possible, whilst addressing the key issues.

View and Download the How Accessible is your Online Teaching_Guide

View and download the How Accessible is your Online Teaching_Checklist