How are students screened and assessed at Leicester?

A wide range of students with specific learning difficulties access study advice in the AccessAbility Centre. This support is largely offered on a face to face basis although this has been impacted by the Covid-19 situation and all students have been supported remotely via MS Teams or the phone since March 2020. The Centre is also accessed by international students and postgraduate students.

Some students see the Study Advisers on a weekly basis, while others may only seek appointments once or twice a year. The nature of the support includes:

  • initial screening for dyslexia;
  • feedback on formal specific learning difficulty reports or assessments;
  • general study skills support (note-taking skills or revision skills for example);
  • specialist support (such as work on spelling or phonics);
  • writing skills in relation to course assignments.

Students who are screened for dyslexia may be referred on to an Educational Psychologist or specialist assessor for a formal and full assessment. A large proportion of students who present for initial screening are subsequently assessed as having a specific learning difficulty for the first time whilst on course. Those students who are in hardship can have assistance with the funding of these assessments.  Students who are not in hardship have to fund their assessment from personal resources.

Study Advisers also meet with prospective students with dyslexia to offer pre-entry advice, and on occasion support students from other universities who live in or near Leicester.

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