Message from the Director Student Services, Anthony Payne, about assessment arrangements for students with DAPs

I know you’re extremely busy confirming online methods of assessment to replace on-campus examinations. While these are being considered, please be mindful that many students with a Disability Access Plan (DAP) will have examination arrangements recommended as part of their support.

In many cases the need for such arrangements will be obviated by inclusive assessment design (eg untimed assessments) which builds in consideration for the needs of all students, including those with disabilities.  However, please check the student’s DAP to ensure that the chosen assessment approach addresses all the student’s needs.

Recommended adjustments may include practical arrangements such as a reader, scribe, or additional time allowances. Certain types of alternative assessment (e.g. online timed assessments) may need to factor in these additional adjustments (e.g. building in more time for rest breaks, or students having access to assistive software instead of personal support through a reader or scribe). Please be aware that some alternative software options may not be compatible with all online tests or subject matters, so other options such as coursework may need to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Joel Staley and his colleagues in the Disability Service are happy to discuss any queries you may have about the suitability of assessment types, or possible alternative support mechanisms that students may be able to use (e.g. software) if required. Please feel free to email   Also the CLT has a wealth of experience in implementing inclusive assessment approaches.

If you have concerns about a student’s well-being please call the Staff Advice line on 0122538 4321 or in an emergency, Security on 0122538 5349.

Best Wishes


Anthony Payne

Director Student Services