Disabled Students are those who self-define as disabled, including those who experience mental and physical difficulties or impairments. Disabled Students often have particular shared experiences while at Greenwich, and so are represented by a Disabled Students’ officer who is elected to represent their interests to the Students’ Union and University.
The Students’ Union Advice Services at Greenwich and Medway give free, independent and confidential advice to University of Greenwich students on academic and welfare problems. We will not report what you have told us to the University, unless you want us to, or in rare situations (particularly if your welfare is at serious risk). See: www.suug.co.uk/welfare www.gkunions.co.uk/advice
The only thing we cannot advise on is your Student Visa or Immigration status. Students seeking advice on visa or immigration issues should contact the University International Student Advice Service (ISAS) for assistance.
For further information, please see http://www2.gre.ac.uk/current-students/support/isas
All students are entitled to support from the Study Skills tutors at the University. There are also a lot of online resources. See: www.gre.ac.uk/studykskills
If you want to practice your English conversational skills, find out about Language Connect groups at http://wp.me/p42w1y-o
. These groups are available for all students.
In our opinion, nearly all international students have the skills to communicate effectively if they’ve got the confidence. The Language Connect groups are a great way to build your confidence, and help you take part in academic and social group activities.?
Tips for disabled students from former students with disabilities
1. Don’t settle for less because of your disability.
2. Join a Students’ Union society or sports team, they are great ways to meet new people.
3. If you haven’t already made contact with the University’s Disability and Dyslexia team, do it straight away by emailing email@example.com.
4. Get assessed, and find out what support you are entitled to. Many people have one (or more) disabilities or learning difficulties, and struggle through their studies without the help they need. The earlier you’re assessed, the easier you’ll find your studies.
5. Check you have the right to on-site facilities such as parking permits for physically disabled people at all three campuses. And did you know the inter-campus double decker buses are accessible for wheelchair users?
6. Always ask for help from friends, tutors, lecturers, programme leaders etc.
7. Getting help for mental health IS healthy, and a positive step in helping you manage your own health. Whatever help you need, make sure you DO get it, or just like a broken leg, it’ll get worse.
8. Apply to the University to be an AccessAbility Ambassador. It’s a great job and you will make some great friends too.
9. Get advice from the Students’ Union. You are entitled to it. We have independent advisers that can advise on most things from housing, to money, to your benefits, and the Disabled Students Allowance.