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Support for PGR students registered with Disability & Neurodiversity Services


Find out the support available to you as a D&N-registered PGR student

Information for new Postgraduate Research students

I have just started my studies at Royal Holloway. What do I need to do?

If you have just started your studies with us, you must complete the following steps:

  • Complete your enrolment for 2022/23;
  • Attend the induction events for your academic department / School as well as the Doctoral School;
  • Read the 2022/23 posgraduate research handbook;
  • Let the Doctoral School know whether you'd like to have a Peer Mentor;
  • Meet with your supervisor, complete the supervisory form and return this to the Doctoral School.

I was previously registered with the Disability & Neurodiversity Services at Royal Holloway / my previous institution. What do I need to do?

Please register with the Disability and Neurodiversity team by completing this form.

If you were registered with D&N as an undergraduate / postgraduate taught student you still have to re-register with them as you are starting a new programme of study.

For more information, contact the team directly.

Can I apply for Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA)?

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is support to cover the study-related costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability.

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply can be found here (text-only version also available).

You can find more information about DSA and how to apply here.

IMPORTANT - if your studies are funded by a Research Council you cannot apply for DSA. Please contact D&N for more information.

I have registered with D&N. Will my supervisor be notified about this?

At the start of the academic year, the Doctoral School will notify all academics who supervise a PGR student registered with D&N to let them know:

  • the general disability category you are registered under
  • general guidance on how to support you throughout your studies

Your academic department / School will also be made aware of this information at the same time, so that any special arrangements can be put in place if needed (e.g., in case of fieldwork).

If you register later in the academic year, D&N will let us know of any new registration and we will let your supervisor / academic department know accordingly.

Your supervisor will also be made aware of recommended arrangements that can be taken into account for supervisions. If you need something more specific, please contact D&N to see whether this is possible.

 

Information for returning Postgraduate Research students

I have been recently diagnosed. Can I register with D&N?

Yes. 

Please register with the Disability and Neurodiversity team by completing this form.

If you were registered with D&N as an undergraduate / postgraduate taught student you still have to re-register with them as you are starting a new programme of study.

For more information, contact the team directly.

My annual review / upgrade is coming up. Can I have access arrangements put in place to take my disability into account?

Yes.

If you'd like to have access arrangements put in place for your annual review / upgrade meeting, please discuss this with your supervisor in your first instance.

General guidance on what would be appropriate to request as access arrangements can be found here. If you think something different should be put in place, please discuss your concerns with D&N directly. Once these arrangements have been decided, then please let your supervisor know so that these can be actioned.

I'm completing my entry from. Can I have access arrangements in my viva put in place to take my disability into account?

Yes, but you need to be registered with D&N first. If you haven't been registered with them throughout your studies, it's not a problem: you can register with them now!

If you're registered with D&N you can decide whether you'd like to have any access arrangements put in place at your viva - just let us know when completing your entry form.

If you wish to have access arrangements at your viva then we will let your examiners and independent chair know what these are so that these can be actioned. Examples of typical access arrangements can be found in this guide. If you need something more specific, please discuss this with D&N and then let us know.

If you only need your examiners to take your specific learning difficulty without any other access arrangement, we will send them the 'Green Sticker' information.

Guidance for Viva examination of Autistic / neurodivergent PhD students (by Chloe Farahar, University of Kent)

 

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