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Placement Support

Starting the search for your placement is both exciting and challenging and it is important that you are aware of all the support which may be available to you during this period.

Where can I get support?

You are welcome to contact the Enabling Team for assistance and advice during your placement search and whilst you are on placement. Advice and guidance can also be sought directly from the Careers and Placements team. The level of support available will depend on the type of placement you choose, for example, some placements may mean that DSA funding is not applicable or available for that year.  However, the Enabling Team can advise you on specific circumstances and funding options. 

For Disabled Students Allowance information visit our Funding page.

If you have not already disclosed to the Enabling Team you are more than welcome to contact us for an informal chat. Together we can explore what support and advice might be available, even if you later decide not to register with us formally.

The Enabling Team can advise you on software and a variety of strategies you can put in place throughout your placement search and beyond.

University services such as the University counsellors, the Enabling Team and the ARC (Advice and Representation Centre) are all still available to support you on placement. If you are moving away for your placement your local GP may be able to advise you of someone who you could register with for the duration of your placement.

The Enabling Team can arrange for certain support to continue during your placement, if appropriate funding is in place. For example, our Study Skills Tutors may be able to support you using Skype.

Should I disclose my disability to employers?

Deciding when and how to provide information about your disability is a very personal decision.  During your placement search you may be asked on application forms or during the interview stage whether you have a disability.  Disclosing early in the process and during the application stage does allow the employer to prepare any necessary provision.  These may be things such as extra time on a psychometric test if you are dyslexic or ensuring easy access or ground floor interview rooms and parking if you have mobility difficulties.  You may find it easier to disclose when face-to-face, during the interview stage.  

You may feel that your medical condition or disability will have no impact on your ability to do the job and therefore feel you do not need to disclose.  Before making your decision you may wish to talk it through with Enabling Team. Even if you are not registered with us you can still arrange a meeting for an informal chat.

Whatever you decide, here are some handy Do’s and Don’ts if you choose to disclose:

Do:

  • Provide positive examples of when you have overcome challenges 
  • Demonstrate that your disability has not limited any of your personal achievements, study or work experience 
  • Be prepared for the interviewer to ask you about your disability 
  • Try to anticipate any anxieties that the interviewer may have 
  • Provide factual information about your disability if required (but avoid the use of any complicated medical terminology: you will understand your disability or medical condition; the interviewer may not) 
  • If you wish, you can provide a copy of your Educational Psychologists Report to the employer with the key areas highlighted 

  Don't:

  • Assume you are going to be viewed in a negative way by the selection panel 
  • Allow an interviewer to make your disability or medical condition the focus of the interview 
  • Allow room for doubt: be positive about your skills and abilities
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