Date: 1st Sep 2016
Buckinghamshire New University has been recognised with an award from the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE) for the support it provides to dyslexic students.
Henri Court, Tutor Co-ordinator for the specialist dyslexia/SpLD teaching service, part of the University's Disability Service, accepted the ADSHE Institutional Award from Emma Lewell-Buck, former Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government at the ADSHE annual conference at Conference Aston in Birmingham.
Henri said: "We are very proud to receive this award. At Bucks New University, we consider the needs of each student and respond efficiently to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
"All of the specialist tutor team are experienced teachers, with additional qualifications to teach students with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) or autism spectrum disorder.
"The team provides a flexible response to our students on both main sites and we are able to cater for around 97% of the demand we receive for specialist tutorials in-house at the University."
Explaining how the service operates, Henri said: "Key to our quality assurance process is an initial tutorial that matches students to a particular tutor's skills, such as dyspraxia or ADHD.
"The Tutor Co-ordinator supports the tutor team, then tutors students with complex needs and works in collaboration with others for the benefit of the neurodiverse students."
Around 8% of students at Bucks New University have a Specific Learning Difficulty, including dyslexia and dyspraxia, but on some courses it can be 50% of students or more.
Students are able to access screening tests for dyslexia when they are studying at Bucks New University and many dyslexics are only identified after beginning their studies.
The specialist dyslexia/SpLD teaching service at Bucks New University works with the University's Disability Service and with staff across all departments supporting students. It also can provide support for students by Skype. Tutoring support is offered to students six days a week and most evenings. All tutors match or exceed the Government's new qualification framework for teaching dyslexic students in Higher Education.
Find out more about the Disability Service at Bucks New University at: http://bucks.ac.uk/home_eu_students/student_services/disability_service/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture caption: Henri Court, Tutor Co-ordinator for the specialist dyslexia/SpLD teaching service, part of the University's Disability Service, with the ADSHE Institutional Award.