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Access statements

Access statements recommend reasonable adjustments, so that your studies aren’t disadvantaged by a disability, learning difficulty or long-term health condition. They ensure that our staff have all the information they need to appropriately support you.

Your access statement will be shared with your academic School, and with NTU’s Exams team.

An access statement includes (but is not limited to) reasonable adjustments based on individual support needs. These can include:

  • coursework extensions
  • extended library loans
  • access to notes prior to lectures
  • recorded teaching sessions
  • the provision of BSL interpreters
  • special exam arrangements
  • one-to-one support and guidance.

Extensions to coursework deadlines

Wherever possible, we encourage all our students to complete their work to the usual deadlines. While extensions can help you complete an individual essay or project, they can also create a backlog of work in other areas – and with that backlog, additional feelings of stress and anxiety.

However, we do still understand that disabilities, learning difficulties and long-term conditions can sometimes compromise a student’s ability to meet their deadline. If you’re encountering this problem, you should refer to your programme handbook for information about your School’s extension policy. Always make sure to adhere to the School’s protocols, and request any extension well in advance of the deadline. Also, please be aware that these protocols may differ between Schools.

Examination arrangements

You must provide sufficient evidence, confirm your examination arrangements and have an access statement in place prior to exam deadlines. Please see the Exam web pages for important information, such as the deadline dates for the submission of individual exam arrangements and your responsibilities as a student.

All requests or recommendations from third parties – from adjustments to arrangements for exams – need to be supported by appropriate documentary evidence of a disability. If you have a disability, learning difficulty or long-term health condition, please remember that it’s your responsibility to provide this evidence.

If you are dyslexic and your assessment report recommends the use of a PC, scribe or reader in exams, you must confirm your exam arrangements with us before your access statement is agreed. It’s important that you attend a dyslexia advice session to discuss this further, and qualify the kind of support you’ll require.

There is an expectation that recommendations in Access Statements should reflect a student's normal way of working. However, the arrangements you will receive will be individual to you and will depend on your normal way of working, the medical evidence you provide and all recommendations must maintain the integrity of the exam.

Examples of standard access statement recommendations for exams include (but are not limited to):

  • additional time allowances
  • “stop the clock” rest breaks
  • food and drink
  • use of a PC
  • smaller / personal rooms
  • a reader and / or scribe
  • a bespoke chair with lumbar support
  • a reading and / or writing slope
  • a foot and / or wrist rest
  • an operator chair
  • an adjustable-height desk.
  • How do I set up my exam adjustments?

    When you forward your documentation to the relevant support team, you must specify the exam recommendations you would like as outlined in your evidence. We are unable to include recommendations that are not detailed in your evidence.

    Please be aware that the NTU Exams team observe deadlines for notification of students requiring additional exam arrangements, such as extra time. If you require additional exam arrangements, you must forward evidence to support them. Any adjustments recommended after published exam deadlines will not be implemented until the following exam period. Further information is available on our exam pages.

Academic appeals

Visit the Academic Appeals website for information regarding Notification of Exceptional Circumstances, Reconsideration Requests, and Academic Appeals. If you’re required to submit a Notification of Exceptional Circumstances, our Student Services team can provide plenty of guidance and support.

Nottingham Trent Students' Union Advice Centre

Please see the Nottingham Trent Students' Union website for information regarding the advice and information provided by the Student Advice Centre.

Frequently asked questions

  • How much personal information does my access statement contain?

    The statement helps to explain how your condition affects you and your work, so that our staff can understand why certain adjustments have been made - but you don't have to share this information if you don't want to.

  • Who will read my access statement?

    It will only be read by the staff responsible for putting your tailored support in place. Typically, this will include your course tutor and the Academic Registry representative.

  • Will other students know about my access statement?

    Under no circumstances would we disclose the details of your learning contract to other students. If you want to talk to your peers about a disability or condition, that's entirely at your own discretion.

  • What if I need to make changes to my support?

    Your support needs might alter during your time at NTU. This may be due to a change in your studies, or even in your own condition. You can contact us at any time to review the scope and recommendations of your access statement.

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