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My Study Needs Assessment

Things to do before your assessment

Before your Study Needs Assessment can take place there are a few documents we will need to see prior to your appointment.

If you have any questions relating to the information below or think that you will have problems getting the documents to us please get in touch. 
If you do not have digital copies please take a clear picture on your phone and email it to us at assessment-centre@shu.ac.uk.

We cannot guarantee we will be able to go ahead with your assessment without all of these documents.

Not booked a Study Needs Assessment yet? Please call us on 0114 225 3623 or email assessment-centre@shu.ac.uk to request an appointment.

- DSA eligibility letter
This is the letter or email your funding body sent you to confirm that you're eligible for DSA and can book a Study Needs Assessment. If your Funding Body is Student Finance, you should have received a copy via email or via your Student Finance Account.

- Medical evidence
Please send us a copy of the medical evidence you sent to your funding body when you applied for DSA. If you sent the originals to your funding body and do not have a copy please let us know as soon as possible.

- Pre-assessment form
To help the assessor prepare and for you to get the best from your appointment it's helpful for you to complete our pre-assessment form in advance. You can download a copy of your pre-assessment form here, complete and email to us at assessment-centre@shu.ac.uk.

Before you arrive

Please familiarise yourself with the directions, travel information and location of the assessment centre before you arrive. Your assessment should take around two hours- please ensure you allow enough time to attend. 

If you are running late for your assessment please call us on 0114 225 3623 so that we can notify the assessor. If you are more than 20-30 minutes late we may not be able to go ahead with the appointment. 

If you cannot attend your appointment please let us know as soon as possible as cancelling within 24 hours of the appointment will mean we will need to charge your funding body. This fee will come out of your general allowance. 

During the assessment

Your study needs assessment is a confidential, informal discussion with an assessor to agree on a support package to meet your specific needs. Your assessor will explore your current learning styles and support needs, in relation to your course requirements, to produce forward thinking support recommendations. These recommendations may include

  • Computer equipment
  • Assistive software
  • 1:1 support and tuition
  • Transport strategies

Your assessor will write a report which will be ready for you to look at within 10 working days of the assessment. Your report will outline the recommended support costs, so that your Funding Body can put your support in place as quickly as possible.

After your assessment

After your study needs assessment, you have the option to receive a draft copy of your report which details all of the support that has been recommended by your assessor.

If you have any questions or queries at this stage, please contact the assessment centre and we will be happy to help.
When you are satisfied with the recommendations in your report you need to confirm that you are happy for it to be forwarded to your funding body for approval.

If you agree, a copy of your report will also be sent to the disability adviser at your university.

Your funding body will write to you to let you know if they approve all the recommendations in your report and explain how to order any equipment that has been recommended.

This letter will tell you who to contact to set up your DSA support. You can also contact your disability adviser if you have any questions regarding your support.

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