Disability Advisor, Disability Support, Higher Education, Temporary, South-West London, ASAP start
Your new company
You will be working for a well established university based in Southwest London
Your new role
To contribute to a professional and specialist advice and guidance service to students [with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and medium to long term health problems] to enable students to access their studies successfully and encourage academic progress and student retention. To contribute to the work of the Services for Students Directorate in the formulation, promotion, delivery, monitoring and review of University policies and procedures regarding students with disabilities and specific learning differences to ensure legal and contractual obligations under equality legislation.
What you’ll need to succeed
To provide a professional and specialist advice and information service to students with disabilities and specific learning differences. This service is to be provided for students and also to potential students interested in applying to the University.
To accurately interpret, and keep up to date with, all relevant legislation relating to students with disabilities and/or specific learning differences to ensure that accurate and appropriate advice is offered at all times.
To maintain a case work portfolio providing continuing support for individual applicants and students as appropriate. This may involve regular reviews and updates of provision, case conferences with Faculty staff and other professional services directorates to ensure that students are able to access their studies effectively throughout their time at the University.
To organise and prioritise a client caseload; to routinely monitor and review casework, taking into account any urgent action required and mandatory deadlines for submission of applications and to take responsibility for deciding when to invoke peer or management supervision;
To refer students who may have a specific learning difference for a diagnostic assessment to determine the cause of any difficulties they may be experiencing.
To offer advice on individual support plans students and referrals to an approved National Access Centre, to enable students to apply for Disabled Students Allowance or other relevant funding to cover their support needs.
To keep thorough, accurate and up to date client case notes ensuring compliance with the Student Support Service’s Code of Confidentiality, professional standards and the Data Protection Act.
To identify circumstances where it is necessary to breach the Service’s Code of Confidentiality and clients who are at risk of harming themselves or others and to invoke emergency procedures or referrals where necessary, ensuring that duty of care responsibilities are discharged at all times.
To actively use the online student enquiry and case management system (StudentHUB) to record statistical information on clients and casework and to keep thorough, accurate and up to date client case notes ensuring compliance with the Student Support Service Code of Confidentiality, professional standards and the Data Protection Act.
To liaise with the Services for Students Directorate First Response and Administration Team and /or external providers to arrange non-medical support personnel, e.g. notetakers, communication support workers, mentors for students with disabilities.
To liaise with appropriate academic and any other relevant staff to ensure that any anticipatory and reasonable adjustments required by students are implemented, in accordance with equality legislation. This could include liaison with other professional service directorates and faculty staff, offering advice and recommendations on physical accessibility, appropriate format of teaching materials and any other practical considerations in order to ensure that individual applicants and students can access their studies.
To liaise with appropriate academic and other relevant staff to support widening participation and access, academic progress and student retention.
To produce materials in a variety of formats specifically designed for students with disabilities and/or specific learning differences and contribute to other publications as appropriate to ensure access to up to date and detailed information about support and provision.
To contribute to promoting good practice to ensure compliance and improvements in provision for students and participate in achieving the targets set in the University’s Diversity and Equality Action Plans.
To represent the University at regional and national events and professional interest groups in order to influence local and national policy and decision making regarding students in higher education. Development
To take advantage of training and professional support as agreed with the University.
To undertake regular training and continuing professional development in order to keep abreast of changes and developments in the field of advising students and to ensure compliance with professional competency frameworks.
To deal with all matters sensitively and discreetly at all times abiding by relevant confidentiality and data protection policies. To represent the University at regional and national events and professional interest groups in order to influence local and national policy and decision making regarding accommodation for students in post 16 education.
What you’ll get in return
Flexible working options available. A contract until April – with the view to support students in need
What you need to do now
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