The DTC works closely with the University Disability Service, the Student Welfare Services Team and Occupational Health Service to provide support for staff and students with physical and mental disabilities or who are neurodiverse. In the Equality and Diversity Unit, Sarah Stephenson-Hunter (sarah.stephenson-hunter at admin.ox.ac.uk) is the Staff Disability Advisor.
At Oxford Brookes students can access support from the Inclusive Support Service.
Information regarding disabilities that is disclosed in the candidate data section of the online application form is not normally visible to assessors during the application process. Applicants who are invited to interview are invited, but not required to disclose any disabilities for which reasonable adjustments could be made at interview.
The DTC Head of Administration and Finance, Samantha Taylor, acts as Welfare Advisor and Disability Contact in the DTC and attends regular seminars and training in all areas. All first-year students with a registered disability will be invited to have an informal 1-to-1 meeting with the Head of Administration and Finance when they arrive (or in advance if requested) to discuss their requirements and enable effective support from the outset.
Further discussions regarding any accommodations needed are undertaken when students transition from the initial training period in the MPLS DTC to rotation projects or DPhil research in the partner organisations within the DTP. Accommodations for students who are in the research phase can be reviewed when needed. Adjustments to assessment arrangements can also be requested in the context of specific academic assessments and your DPhil/PhD viva.
For more information, contact:
• University Disability Advisory Service (for Students)
• Support for Disabled Staff
• Support for Disabled Visitors
• Inclusive Support Service (Oxford Brookes)