Our jargon

Learn about some of the jargon and different terms you might come across during the course of your University experience.
 
 

Access Centre

The specialist centre who will produce a needs assessment report as part of a student's Disabled Students' Allowance application.

Assistive software / technology

Software that helps students overcome challenges they can face in their studies. For instance, screen readers can help students with a print impairment. Mind mapping packages can help students gather and make sense of the ideas they are researching and how they connect. Find out more from our Technology Support guide.

Disabled Students’ Allowance / DSA

Additional funding for eligible students to meet the additional costs you can face studying because of your disability. Find out more on our Disabled Students' Allowance page.

Duty of Care

Our responsibility to work with colleagues if we have a serious concern about a student's safety or wellbeing. The University’s Safeguarding Policy and Support guide explains more about the approach we take.

GDPR

The rules governing how and why we can share your personal information and how we need to store it securely. Find out more on our GDPR page.

Learning Profile / LP

Your support plan, outlining the support we're looking for you, including help from lecturers in classes and arrangements for exams.

Mainstreaming reasonable adjustments

Our programme to take the most the support arrangements we offer lots of students routinely and make them available to everyone automatically. This means that students do not need to disclose a disability to get basic support.

Find out more about how this works on our Improving the disabled student experience page.

Module leader

The lecturer responsible for a specific module. They do not necessarily teach on the module.

My Future

My Future is the system we use to schedule appointments. Please visit myfuture.napier.ac.uk to book an appointment with a member of the Disability Inclusion team.

Needs assessment report

The report compiled as part of your first DSA application that summarises the key challenges you face in your studies and recommendations of what your funding body should pay for.

Non-medical personal help / NMPH

Additional specialist support for eligible students, such as mental health mentors and study skills tutors.

Personal Development Tutor (PDT)

A lecturer assigned a small group of students as a point of contact for you if you need any general help or advice not specifically about your modules.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan / PEEP

A plan agreed with the university's health and safety team so we can be sure we can help you out of the building if there is an emergency, such as a fire alarm.

Programme leader

The lecturer responsible for a specific programme. They do not necessarily teach on the programme.

Safeguarding

Our responsibility to work with colleagues if we have good reason to believe to be seriously concerned about a student's welfare and safety. The University’s Safeguarding Policy and Support guide explains more about the approach we take.

School Disability Contact / SDC

A member of teaching staff with additional responsibilities for helping colleagues and disabled students to ensure support arrangements are being implemented effectively.

You can view our contacts on the School Disability Contacts page.

Student Awards Agency Scotland / SAAS

The funding organisation for students from Scotland. Learn more on the Disabled Students' Allowance page.

Student Finance England / SFE

The funding organisation for students from England. Learn more on the Disabled Students' Allowance page.

Student Finance Northern Ireland / SFNI

The funding organisation for students from Northern Ireland. Learn more on the Disabled Students' Allowance page.

Student Finance Wales / SFW

The funding organisation for students from Wales. Learn more on the Disabled Students' Allowance page.

Widening Participation

Specialist work to ensure students from all backgrounds have an equal chance to engage with their course and university life and reach their potential.