Resources for Academic Staff

A centralised list of resources for lecturers and other staff who are supporting students with a disability, specific learning difference or long-term health condition.

Reasonable Adjustments Plan (RAP – formally DDS1) location on Sole

A guide, using SOLE screenshots, to finding and viewing the Disability and Dyslexia Service’s reasonable adjustment recommendations for students with adjustment and support needs. This covers information on how to view student RAPs for module tutors and PATS. 

Module tutor -SOLE Guide to finding Support Plans.pdf

PAT Guide - How to Find DDS Student Support Adjustments on SOLE.pdf 



Student Centred Adult Learning Engagement in Higher Education

A resource to help tutors develop skills in identifying and developing inclusive approaches to student support. Through an online learning environment toolkit. SCALE promotes and shares good practices aimed at improving student engagement and retention.



Busy Lecturers Guide 

A resource developed by a University of Worcester tutor aimed at giving real life tips to inclusive practice through general advice, links to resources and 9 scenarios.


Research Supervisors

A University of Worcester Research School guide for Research Supervisors on reasonable adjustments considerations to support research students. The guide covers the various stages students' progress through on their MPhil/PhD.



A University of Worcester Academic Quality Unit guide for staff in managing placements and work-based learning for disabled students.


Inclusive Assessment and Reasonable Adjustments Policy

University Academic Quality Unit policy and procedures on inclusive practice, reasonable adjustments and alternative assessment arrangements. This includes the legal context, inclusion by design and examples of reasonable adjustments in tests and assessments.


Making Assessed Presentations More Inclusive

Assessed presentations are an ideal alternative to assessing written pieces of work as they will allow the student to demonstrate their knowledge using different skill sets, though some students will still experience barriers to being able to do this. These checklists provide some ideas about how assessments can be varied to make them inclusive for different groups of students, and how students can be guided to make their presentations inclusive.

Checklist of alternative ideas for presentations.pdf

Checklist for giving inclusive presentations.pdf

Inclusion Toolkit 

University guide to inclusively planning and designing learning activities to support learning, assessment and feedback.  


Creating Accessible Documents

University and Microsoft quick guides to making teaching content inclusive and accessible. Includes the Busy Lecturers Guide to Accessibility.


Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations 

Video on how to create PowerPoint slides with the correct content reading order for students using screen reader software. 


MS Office Accessibility-Checker Video 

Video guide on using the accessibility checker in Microsoft and the ‘fix issues’ suggestions to improve content.  


Blackboard Ally Guide

Guide to checking the accessibility of digital content and how to fix issues. Ally also creates alternative formats of uploaded content for students to download in their preferred format.


Live Subtitles on Lecture PowerPoint Presentations

Screenshots on how to enable live subtitles for PowerPoint presentations as an additional option for students to access the content live. 

Live Powerpoint Subtitles.pdf

Students can experience a wide range of different conditions which will create barriers during their education. This section aims to provide some basic information about the commonest conditions that students receive support for.


Autism/Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

As a University we use the term Autism or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), but some student have use the terms Neurodiverse, Asperger's Syndrome, or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when describing their diagnosis.

What is autism?

What are meltdowns and shutdowns?



Between 7-8% of the University's student population will have a print disability, such as dyslexia.

Sometimes, simple adjustments to a document can make it much easier for someone with dyslexia to access.

British Dyslexia Association Style Guide.pdf

General Information from Firstpoint

A-Z listing of all the support and important information web pages that a student will need.

A-Z of University Services 


Signposting to General Student Support 

University of Worcester guide for staff on student support and signposting suggestions for a wide range of What If.... scenarios e.g. if a student is homeless, experiencing distress, has a careers enquiry.  


Booking an appointment with a Disability Adviser

Online self-booking service to make an appointment with one of the University's Disability Advisers.  


Funding for support for disabled and dyslexic students

Information on how eligible students can apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). The support typically includes specialist notetaking software, read aloud and/or dictation software. It can also include 1:1 Specialist Mentors and/or Specialist Study Kills tutors. Disability Advisers usually guide students through this process.  


Wellbeing Support

15 links to a variety of support services both at the University of Worcester (Fancy a Cuppa, Counselling and Mental Health, University Security) and externally (NHS 111, Samaritans, Papyrus Hopeline UK) .

Wellbeing Support - Service Site - University of Worcester 


Hive: Accessibility Support

List of accessibility resources available at The Hive.



A guide to each University building on each campus highlighting access features by description and photos e.g. nearest car park, colour contrasts, hearing loop facilities, lighting levels and physical access. There are also step by step route guides to accessible travel between campuses and to/from Foregate Street railway station. The routes include information on flooring, crossings, gradients etc.


Get in touch


Phone: 01905 855531

Book an appointment with a disability adviser. 

We offer online appointments using Microsoft Teams or in person at firstpoint, Peirson Centre, St Johns Campus.

Appointments last a maximum of 45 minutes.