Role Descriptions

Role Descriptions


Library Support Assistant
To search the library catalogues and electronic resources under the direction of the student. To locate, retrieve and carry academic library materials. To scan and photocopy library resources and, where necessary, locate study areas.

Practical Support Assistant
To support the student as a practical / mobility assistant. To carry book / bags, open doors, push a wheelchair, lift and carry equipment under the student's instruction.

Reader
To read academic texts aloud to the student or to record whilst reading. To read the student's work back to them, to assist with proof reading

Proof Reader
A proof reader will highlight and locate errors in the student's written work including grammar, punctuation and spelling. This is a non-contact role and can be provided via email. Please check with the student's institution before recommending this type of support

Sighted Guide
To provide one-to-one mobility assistance to a student with a visual impairment helping them to navigate their way around campus.

Manual Note-taker
To produce a manual, legible and accurate set of notes from the student's lectures / seminars in the preferred format and style of the student. Notes can be transcribed into electronic format where appropriate.

Study Assistant
To provide a variety of roles where support is required for consecutive and irregular periods of time. Roles can include; assisting in finding appropriate solutions for queries and problems and to help reduce anxiety levels, manual note-taking, library assistants, practical assistants and orientation around campus.

Examination Support Assistant
To support the student during institutional exams, either reading text aloud to the student and/or writing down, word for word, the student's answers to exam questions.

Specialist Transcription Service
To transcribe from one format to another as recommended by the DSA Assessor. More specifically, to type hand written notes or assignments into an electronic format, to type up from audio recordings, to type as a student dictates their work aloud or to transcribe course related videos, summary notes or verbatim, always in the student's preferred style and format.

Electronic Note-taker
Speech-to-text specialist communication support provided by a qualified electronic note-taker. A set of live, comprehensive notes are typed in lectures, seminars, discussions etc. Notes are always in the students preferred style and format.

BSL Interpreter
Specialist communication support provided by a qualified British sign language interpreter.

Specialist One-to-One Study Skills Support
Tutors work with students on a one-to-one basis developing academic competences such as organisation, exam preparation, research techniques and memory skills. Our tutors deliver literacy support in the areas of spelling, punctuation, grammar and accuracy of thought presentation. To promote independent learning as well as empowering the student to manage their work load. Study skills cannot be subject specific tuition, however, tutors can work with a student using course materials as a framework.

Specialist Mentor
Mentors work with students on a one-to-one basis addressing the barriers to learning created by a particular impairment e.g. mental health or autism spectrum conditions. Examples of these barriers include, coping with anxiety and stress, how to deal with concentration difficulties, time management, and creating a suitable work-life balance. Mentors are not advocates or counsellors; their role is to promote independent learning as well as empowering the student to manage their work load, especially during times of transition.