Additional support for higher education with the Loughborough Access Centre

Students with disabilities and additional needs in Loughborough and the surrounding areas will now be able to take advantage of a new assessment centre based at Loughborough University.

The centre will be managed by staff from Hereward College in Coventry and provide assessments for students who are eligible for the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA).

The DSA helps cover the costs of any assistive technologies and additional support required when attending university. The team work with each young person to assess their support needs, recommend a range of technologies, non-medical help support and liaise with external stakeholders including universities to ensure needs are fully addressed.

Paul Doyle, Head of Access and Research at Hereward College says:

“We are delighted to be working with Loughborough University to provide this innovative service to the young people in the region. Hereward has an established wealth of experience working alongside students with assistive technology and support needs and all assessments are informed by the college’s proactive approach to seeking out and embedding new technologies into teaching and learning.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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