Student Support Services (UCAB)
University Centre Askham Bryan works hard to ensure everyone has the support they need to learn, achieve and enjoy college life.
University Centre Askham Bryan is committed to supporting all students in achieving their full potential and supporting students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
The College has a specialist Team in our Learning Support Department who work closely with students to provide appropriate support that suit their needs. It is advisable to speak to the Team as soon as possible and preferably well in advance of starting your programme of study so that arrangements can be put into place.
Any student wishing to enquire about arranging support with their studies should contact Ange Cousans in our Learning Support Team by telephone on 01904 772339 or by email to make an appointment or to receive further information, advice and guidance.
Students with Disabilities
University Centre Askham Bryan welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities that have the correct entry requirements as with other applicants. All applications are considered on academic grounds.
It is important to understand the value and importance of declaring your disability or learning need. It is advisable and beneficial to declare your disability when applying; however, you can let the College know at any stage of your course.
Higher Education students who experience a learning difficulty or a disability which affects their ability to study are eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). As a Higher Education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a:
• Long-term health condition
• Mental health condition
• Specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia
The support you receive will depend on your individual needs and not on income.
The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA):
• Is a grant, not a loan, and does not have to be paid back
• Does not depend on a student’s income or the income of their parents, guardians or carers
• Does not affect entitlement to other benefits
• Is available to both full-time and part-time undergraduates/postgraduates who are UK residents and pay home fees
• Helps disabled people to study in higher education on an equal basis with other students
Applications for DSA are accessed through Student Finance England. You should apply for this allowance as soon as you have accepted your place at the College. You will need to provide proof about your learning difficulty or disability. The College Learning Support Team will be happy to help and advise you about this. More information about applying for DSA can be found on the DSA website.
Over 99% of UK businesses are classed as small enterprises and generate 49% of the UK private sector turnover (Guardian, 2014). Given this sizeable contribution to the UK economy, it is critical that small businesses and their entrepreneurial founders are given the ability to create, develop and be entrepreneurial.
Enterprise education in the UK is seen as the process of equipping learners with the ability to create and develop business ideas, then have the ability to develop these ideas into successful businesses (QAA, 2012). At Askham Bryan College, we support enterprise through a series of business modules on your intended course, expertise of staff specialising in enterprise and through hosting dedicated enterprise events.
As a student, it is beneficial to be exposed to enterprise as this can give you a range of life experiences and help you to develop your critical thinking, innovative skills, creativity, team work, reflective skills and develop the “can do” attitude that is often required to start up in business and sought after by many employers.
Enterprise is not just about starting up a business, it is about developing and acquiring skills, understanding problems and finding solutions to these, being able to manage money and being able to provide for yourself and others.
In addition to the support given by subject specialist staff throughout all module teaching, especially within the placement modules, the College also offers a Careers Service which interfaces with employers and promotes employment opportunities within the College and to our graduates.
The HE Careers Service delivers embedded careers education where students can access further information, advice and guidance in support of their personal progression plan – be this post graduate education, graduate schemes, enterprise support, volunteering and gap experiences or further job applications and interview preparation.
The service offers a year round programme of careers events to include a Graduate Careers Fair, Interview Workshops, Enterprise Days, Industry Guest Speakers, CV and Job Application Workshops and Post Graduate course application support. This is in addition to one-to-one careers and progression interviews, a virtual jobs board advertising graduate jobs, graduate scheme and internship opportunities.