Spring Conferences 2017

Date: 05/04/2017

Location: Holiday Inn, Manchester City Centre, 25 Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3AE

Date: 07/04/2017

Location: Holiday Inn, Regents Park


When students are not with us: supporting disabled students on placement, research and field trips or their year abroad. Methods, security and the use of assistive technology

It is widely recognised that hands-on experience and structured workplace learning provides students with the opportunity to integrate practical experience with nationally recognised qualifications. Disabled students and those with certain health conditions or those who are neurodiverse may need certain support and/or assistive technology to enable them to make the most of their studies and training. Many universities are developing policy documents to help guide staff and students about inclusive teaching and reasonable adjustments when the student is studying at university. However, procedures necessarily vary when the students are not at university and also vary with the alternative circumstances where students study.

This leaves many questions which we aimed to address during these day conferences: what policies do universities have concerning placements? what about study abroad? what about field trips? what about research work? Is VOIP (voice over internet protocol) a secure way of supporting students?

We invited a range of speakers who have a range of really useful experiences when supporting disabled students away from the university. Bettina Rigg from Veale Wasbrough Vizards opened the day by setting out the legal situation which applies when we are supporting students away from the university. Other speakers covered how they determined methods and procedures to support disabled students. These included Karl Wall from the UCL Institute of Education describing his experience supporting international disabled MA and PhD students on research trips in their home countries. Lynn Clouder and Joanne Opie from Coventry University discussing their research-based study on supporting Health and Social Care students on placement and EA Draffan and Abi James from Southampton University discussing their knowledge supporting students using a range of technologies.

09:15 – 9:45 Registration & Welcome Drinks
09:45 – 10:00 Welcome and Introduction – Paddy Turner
10:00 – 10:45 Where does the buck stop?  Legal aspects of supporting disabled students when away from their university – Bettina Rigg, Partner at Veale Wasbrough Vizards specialising in Higher Education, Further Education and Employment
10:45 – 11:00 Refreshments
11.00 – 12:00 Supporting disabled MA and PhD students on research – Karl Wall – UCL Institute of Education
12:00 – 13:00 Supporting Health and Social Care students on placement – Prof. Lynn Clouder in London and Dr. Joanne Opie in Manchester
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Technology to help you keep in touch – Dr Abi James in Manchester and EA Draffan in London
15:00-15:15 Refreshments
15:15 – 15:50 Workshop – Discussing guidelines and policies – field trips, research trips and placements

Introduction by Elaine Shillcock (Manchester) and Lynn Wilson (London)

15:50 – 16:00 Closing remarks – Paddy Turner