Who else do we work with?Learn how we work with lecturers and other teams across the university to make sure you feel confident and supported during your time at Edinburgh Napier.
In your school
The Disability Inclusion team will share your Learning Profile (support plan) with your module leaders at the start of each trimester and liaise with them if there are difficulties putting into practice any of the support we are requesting for you.
Personal Development Tutor (PDT)
Your Personal Development Tutor (PDT) is assigned to you during your first few weeks at Edinburgh Napier and will be your first point of contact for any academic or personal issues you may experience throughout your time at university.
Please take a look at our Personal Development Tutor - What You Need To Know video, which explains a bit more about the role of a PDT.
The Disability Inclusion team works closely with PDTs, especially if there are serious concerns about a student's wellbeing.
School Disability Contact (SDC)
Your School Disability Contact (SDC) will be a member of the academic staff who is assigned to you personally. They will act as a point of contact if you require additional support due to a disability, medical condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.
Each School has one or more SDCs who liaise closely with the Disability Inclusion Team. The role includes liaising on a student's behalf between their lecturers and the Disability Inclusion team to agree support arrangements.
You can find out who your SDC is by visiting our School Disability Contacts page.
The staff providing vital administrative support for lecturers are based on each campus, with an office for each School. They can answer most practical questions about how your course is organised or direct you to the correct member of staff or department.
School offices also have a crucial role in the Extenuating Circumstances process and we work closely with them to help them review applications for extensions and deferrals.
The Disability Inclusion team will work with school offices to put in place specific support arrangements, for instance for class tests.
We can also work with them if you apply for an extension or deferral and need a letter of support from your Disability Inclusion Advisor.
Around the university
The Academic Skills team provide extra training for students across the university to develop how they approach their studies.
The Disability Inclusion team can liaise with our colleagues in the Accommodation team on behalf of applicants who might need additional support when they move into university halls.
We will also work closely with the Accommodation Team if they have a serious concern about the safety or welfare of a student staying with them.
The Disability Inclusion team works with the Student Futures careers team to provide specialist support for disabled students on entering the job market, including thinking through what and when you might disclose a disability when you submit an application, go for an interview or start a new job.
We also promote extra careers events for disabled students run by specialist outside organisations.
As a Next Generation Inclusive University, we have partnered with EmployAbility, an organisation supporting individuals who have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition or another disability, with all aspects of graduate employment. Their service can provide you with individualised advice and support about adjustments for recruitment and the workplace, information about your rights, and support you with job applications. The EmployAbility team will also advocate for you with an employer to ensure you receive the adjustments you need, taking any stress and anxiety out of the process.
To find out more:
Please contact your Disability Inclusion Advisor if your disability or long-term health condition means it would be beneficial to have a parking permit for your campus.
Your Disability Inclusion Advisor will meet with you and if appropriate will write a letter in support of your application for a parking permit. They will send this letter to you, and with the parking permit application form, you will send both these documents to email@example.com.
The facilities/parking team will email you if your application has been successful.
Please note: parking is limited, especially at the Merchiston campus, so we cannot guarantee parking spaces. For more information on transport and travel, visit our Getting to Campus pages.
Counselling & Mental Wellbeing
Department of Learning & Teaching Enhancement
The Disability Inclusion team works actively with the teaching development department to help develop more inclusive teaching and assessment approaches.
Edinburgh Napier Students' Association (ENSA)
The Disability Inclusion team works closely with the Exams team to make sure additional support arrangements are in place for main diet exams at the end of each trimester. We will email mid-trimester everyone due to sit an exam to ask you to check your support arrangements.
If you want to spend a part of your course overseas, the Disability Inclusion team can liaise on your behalf with the Global Mobility team and your host institution, including sharing your Learning Profile.
Keep on Track
If you are not sure you want to continue with your course, we can ask colleagues in the Keep on Track service to get in touch. They can help guide you through your options and help you navigate university processes.
Library and RNIB bookshare
The Library teams work with the Disability Inclusion team to make sure that the campuses and their books and journals are as accessible as possible.
For eligible students with a print impairment, we can also set up accounts to Royal National Institute of Blind People Bookshare (RNIB), a huge online digital library. RNIB Bookshare opens up the world of reading in education for learners with a print-disability, including those with dyslexia or who are blind or partially sighted.
What is RNIB Bookshare?
RNIB Bookshare provides more than 400,000 accessible books and textbooks from more than 700 publishers.
These are high-quality digital versions allowing you to use screen-reading software to listen to the books or magnifier software to enlarge them without losing image quality.
You can see what is available by visiting the RNIB Bookshare website.
Am I eligible?
Access to RNIB Bookshare is restricted to people with sight loss, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and qualifying physical disabilities.
How do I get an RNIB Bookshare account?
Contact your Disability Inclusion Advisor or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Disability Inclusion Advisor will set up an account for you and email to confirm your RNIB Bookshare log on details.
Visit RNIB Bookshare, log in with the details your Advisor sent you and search for your book.
I am not eligible - are there alternatives?
The library has a lot of eBooks as part of the main university collection. It can also be worth searching online for eBooks, especially for general fiction.
I would like more information
Training videos providing more information about the service and guides on how to use it can be found from the RNIB Bookshare website.
What information is shared with RNIB Bookshare if I register to use the service?
The Disability Inclusion team will use your forename and your university ID number to register you with RNIB Bookshare and also indicate whether you are a student or member of staff.
Property & Facilities
The Disability Inclusion teams works with colleagues in the Property & Facilities estates team to identify and address access problems and to plan improvements to make the campuses more accessible and inclusive.
We also work with an outside organisation, AccessAble, to produce detailed guides to each campus. The guides cover accessible routes to come on to campus and how to navigate different navigate your way around.
The Disability Inclusion team works with the Research Office, the Research Degrees Committee, Research Degree leads in each School and supervisors to agree support arrangements for research students and to develop the university's overall approach.
If there is good reason to have a serious concern about a student's safety and wellbeing, we will contact colleagues on the Safeguarding team and ask them to check in with them and, if necessary, arrange additional support.
The University’s Safeguarding Policy and Support guide explains more about the approach we take.
The Disability Inclusion team can liaise with the Student Funding team to help you identify if there are additional funding opportunities you would be eligible for.
The Widening Participation team supports a wide range of students, including:
- Unpaid carers
- Care-experienced students
- Young people estranged from their family
- Government-recognised refugees and asylum seekers
- Students from an SIMD20* postcode
- Students joining year 2 or 3 of a degree after completing an HNC or HND at a Scottish college
As support teams, we want to provide joined-up support for students so we work closely together.