Spring Conferences 2017

Date: 05/04/2017

Location: Holiday Inn, Central Manchester

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 aim 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 have invited a range of speakers who have a range of really useful experiences when supporting disabled students away from the university. We are pleased to let you know that Bettina Rigg from Veale Wasbrough Vizards has agreed to open the day by setting out the legal situation which applied when we are supporting students away from the university. Other speakers will cover how they have determined methods and procedures to support disabled students. These will include Karl Wall from the UCL Institute of Education who has a great deal of experience supporting international disabled MA and PhD students on research trips in their home countries. Lynn Clouder and Joanne Opie from Coventry University will discuss their research-based study on supporting Health and Social Care students on placement and EA Draffan and Abi James from Southampton University will discuss their findings with regard to supporting students using assistive and other technologies.

We hope that you will also contribute and share your own experiences and policies so that we can come away from the conference with ideas to inform a set of resources to help across the sector.

Each day conference will register at 09:15 for a 09:45 start to the event. We are planning to conclude the day at 16:00.

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