What does 'disclosure' mean and should I disclose?

Disclosure means giving details about the effect your disability or medical condition has on your day-to-day life. The information you give us will be used to assess what support is required. You are under no obligation to disclose, but if you choose not to, then you are unlikely to receive the full support you are entitled to. The more we know, the more we can help.

Who shall I tell?

The Enabling Team is a good place to start; we can offer advice on what support is available and how to apply for any relevant funding.

Who needs to know?

This would depend on the type of support you require. Generally we liaise with named contacts within your academic department and, where appropriate, central University departments such as the Exams Office.

Why do they need to know?

Other departments or individuals may need to know so they can facilitate your support. For example, if you need a scribe/amanuensis and need to sit exams separately from your peers, the Exams Office would need to know in order to ensure you are placed in a suitable room.

What happens to the information I provide?

Any information that you provide will be dealt with confidentially and separately from your academic application. We will NOT contact your academic department without your permission. If your disclosure is ‘limited’ to either departmental staff or the Enabling Team, the support available may be more limited; although we co-ordinate support across the University, without the involvement of specific staff (i.e. exams, heads of department etc.) we may be unable to arrange some types of support.

Note to Parents, Guardians and Carers

We recognise how important parental support can be for students at University and that some students may wish for their parents/carers to be able to contact us and be kept informed of support arrangements. However, we will need full written consent from students before we can disclose any information to a third party.  

If you wish to discuss this further please Contact Us.

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