Find out more about what a Study Needs Assessment involves, top tips to prepare, how to book a Study Needs Assessment and what happens afterwards.
Once you have applied for DSA and have been informed that you are eligible to receive DSA support, the next step is to book a Study Needs Assessment. Try not to be put off by the word "assessment". It is important to know that you are not being tested.
What it will be is a discussion between you and a Needs Assessor where you can discuss what aspects of your study are affected by your disability. Based on your individual needs, your Needs Assessor will then recommend different types of support which may help you, such as assistive software or help with travel costs, for example. Your Needs Assessor will explain in detail about the types of support that they are suggesting to you and how they may benefit you. For example, this may include demonstrations of assistive software.
Your Study Needs Assessment will take place either in an Assessment Centre or remotely, and take around 2 hours or less.
To get the most out of your Study Needs Assessment:
Your DSA eligibility letter will provide you with a website link where you can search for nearby Assessment Centres. You can also book your Study Needs Assessment at the University of Huddersfield. Each Assessment Centre will display their waiting times on their websites.
Once you have chosen your preferred Assessment Centre, you should:
Your Needs Assessor will create a report which outlines the recommendations of support which were discussed and agreed in your Study Needs Assessment.
This report will be sent to the funding body who you initially applied for DSA with. You will also receive a copy of this report.
Within around 10 working days of the funding body receiving this report, you will receive your DSA2 entitlement letter. This letter will tell you what support you are entitled to and how to put it in place.
If you require specialist ergonomic equipment, your Needs Assessor will recommend a separate assessment, and a separate report will be sent to the funding body. Once they receive this report, you will receive an updated version of your DSA2 entitlement letter. This may take up to 10 working days.
If you need any further assistance, please email Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.