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The Inclusion Centre: Disability & Dyslexia

Support & Advice Services 

The Inclusion Centre: Disability & Dyslexia

The dedicated team at the Inclusion Centre are on hand to provide you with information and advice to support you through your time at RGU.

Inclusion Centre during COVID-19 closure

In accordance with the University’s COVID-19 guidance  we are currently operating our usual working hours of 9.00am-3.30pm Monday -Friday, and are continuing to offer Inclusion Centre support remotely. Appointments with our team can be undertaken via telephone, email or Skype call.

Please continue to make appointments either by emailing inclusion@rgu.ac.uk or calling 01224 262103.

If you are unwell you should check NHS 24 for usual advice on or in the case of a medical emergency you should dial 999.

We also provide online mental health self-help programmes 24/7 through our Silvercloud platform to help with Anxiety, Stress, Depression and Body Image.

The Student Counselling website has supportive resources

If you feel you require an alternative method of support to those mentioned above, we would still like to hear from you, please do email or call us.


We have many years’ experience of supporting students with dyslexia, sensory and mobility impairments, mental health difficulties, medical conditions, autism spectrum disorders and temporary impairments, such as broken limbs.

We can provide:

  • Exam arrangements such as extra time
  • Dyslexia screening and evaluation
  • In-house assessment of needs
  • Application for Disabled Students’ Allowance
  • Liaison with external agencies, for example the Autism Initiatives or the RNIB
  • Support in organising in-class support

Disabled Students' Allowance

Disabled Students’ Allowance supports the additional study costs arising from disability, health condition or specific learning difference.

  • Long-term health conditions
  • Physical disabilities
  • Mental health conditions
  • Specific learning difficulties, e.g. dyslexia
  • Social & communication disorders, e.g. autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Enabling Technology Support

Our computer network supports TextHELP Read and Write Gold and Mindjet MindManager. These software packages can be particularly useful if you have specific learning differences.

  • TextHELP Read and Write Gold
    Provides many tools to help access and compose written material including a text-to-speech function, phonetic spell checker, word prediction and talking dictionary.
  • Mindjet MindManager
    A visual mapping, planning and brain storming tool that is both powerful and easy to use.

We also have a pool of enabling technologies available for loan to students. This resource is primarily for students who are ineligible for Disabled Students' Allowance. The equipment available for loan includes laptops, recording devices, amplification equipment, magnification equipment and adapted keyboards. 

If you require specific software to support your studies or further training in its use, contact us on 01224 262103.


Parking on Campus

The University is committed to assisting those with mobility impairments to access facilities and resources.

Parking bays for the mobility impaired are located as near as possible to the most appropriate entrance to the University buildings. Find out more:


Applicant Support

We are happy to provide information and advice prior to your arrival at University.

If you have told us on your application that you have a mental health difficulty, disability or specific learning difference such as dyslexia, we will send you a questionnaire to ask for further information. If you have not mentioned it on your application, please get in touch with us and we will send you a questionnaire, or you can complete the questionnaire online:

Once we have received your completed questionnaire, we will contact you to arrange an appointment with your Inclusion Coordinator either in person or by phone. 

To support your arrangements at university we will require evidence of your mental health, disability, medical condition or specific learning difference. 

How to get the relevant evidence

Evidence from an Educational Psychologist confirming a specific learning difference

If you have a report from an Educational Psychologist, please send it to us.

If you do not have a diagnosis or have not previously been supported for dyslexia, we can conduct a screening and arrange for you to meet with an Educational Psychologist if required. 

Evidence from a GP or other healthcare professional

A supporting letter from GP or Health professional can be sufficient as evidence. 

Further guidance on what to state in the letter:

Evidence of support from school, college or past university study

If you have any information about the support you have had at School or College, please share it with us. It can assist us to provide tailored support in line with your past studies.


Inclusion Mentoring

Mentoring aims to provide support which facilitates competence in self-management of autism or a mental health difficulty. Mentors can help you to develop and maintain study patterns by providing support with timetabling, goal-setting, and managing appropriate levels of study. Mentors can also help you to come to terms with your diagnosis and talk to you about the potential impact on your studies.  

Mentoring is not the same as study skills tuition, which can support you with essay writing, report writing, critical thinking and time-management. However, a mentor can help you to develop more effective study strategies if you are struggling with organisation, motivation, and staying focused on your work.

Similarly, mentoring is not the same as counselling as the focus of mentoring sessions are more practical. Mentors can also work with you on a more long-term basis than a University counsellor might normally be able to. While, our mentors have a professional background in Psychology and/or Social Work; their therapeutic training and skills will inform the type of work that they do with you.

Mentoring is not a substitute for support from statutory services. Your mentor (and/or Inclusion Co-ordinator) will be able to advise on National Health Service (NHS) referral pathways.


Confidentiality

Information you provide will be treated as sensitive personal data. We provide a confidential service to all our students, applicants and enquirers. Any information that you provide us will be treated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Contact us  

Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262103
inclusion@rgu.ac.uk

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