Disability Advisor

London, United Kingdom
Monday, 18 March 2019
End of advertisement period
Friday, 22 March 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: London Waterloo
Closing date: 22/03/2019
Salary: Competitive
Employment type: Permanent
Department: University Education Services

Role Purpose:

To provide confidential support and advice for disabled students (including applicants) and ensure reasonable adjustments are implemented to ensure student access to all aspects of the academic environment. The post holder will be expected to maintain a case load of students; predominantly apprentices, and oversee local arrangements for support with a partner staffing agency. To provide comprehensive advice regarding external funding and ensure that all pertinent information is accurately recorded and reflects the student’s support needs and requirements for financial and quality assurance audits. The post holder will contribute to the work of the Learning Support Service in the promotion, monitoring and review of the Service and ensure that the BPP’s commitment to Equality and Diversity, under the Equality Act 2010, is adhered to.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Key duties will include:

  1. To respond to student’s disability disclosure in line with service level agreements and Policy.
  2. To meet and advise students; evaluating support requirements based on individual entitlements and academic standards.
  3. To produce Learning Support Agreements and reviews, detailing reasonable adjustments, based on the outcome of assessments, medical evidence, specialist reports and Learning Support interviews.
  4. To disseminate pertinent student information to tutors, Learning Support Coordinator and other relevant staff in accordance with Disclosure Agreements, to ensure adjustments and ‘preferred way of working’ are accommodated.
  5. To ensure that all Learning Support documentation is accurate and that sufficient evidence is provided to support adjustments and entitlements and that this is recorded in line with Data Protection requirements and Learning Support Office requirements.
  6. To maintain a caseload of students providing one to one support as required.
  7. To advise BPP staff and apprenticeship employers as appropriate in relation to reasonable adjustments.
  8. To liaise with internal and external agencies and partners as required.
  9. To provide BPP site orientations for students with sensory impairments and on the autistic spectrum as required.
  10. To assist students with applications for the Disabled Students’ Allowances and other sources of funding as appropriate.
  11. To contribute to the Learning Support Service by providing an advice/support service across all BPP Group sites.
  12. To attend meetings, case conferences and other events including Inductions.
  13. To act as a champion for Equality and Diversity internally and externally.
  14. To undertake all duties in accordance with BPP Group policy, Apprenticeship regulations and General Academic Regulations and Manual of Policies and Procedures.

Additional Responsibilities Applicable to the Post holder

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as required commensurate with the grade of the position.
  • Undertake all duties and responsibilities in compliance with the rules and regulations encompassing equal opportunities.
  • Adhere, comply and work in accordance with BPP policies, procedures and codes of conduct.
  • Participate in training and professional development associated with the role.

Skills, knowledge, qualifications required for job

  • A degree holder (minimum 2:2) or an equivalent relevant professional qualification;
  • substantial experience and understanding of working with individuals with a range of disabilities in an educational setting;
  • a proven track record of giving advice, guidance and facilitating support for disabled people, preferably within an educational setting;
  • an ability to empathise, and be non-judgemental with all students regardless of background and beliefs;
  • the ability to deal sensitively and diplomatically, whilst maintaining boundaries within a confidential setting;
  • an excellent understanding of the implementation of reasonable adjustments ideally in an educational context;
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise conflicting demands;
  • an understanding of inclusive approaches to teaching and learning;
  • excellent written, record keeping skills;
  • excellent oral communication skills; demonstrating active listening skills with a sensitive approach required to elicit sensitive personal information;
  • experience of working in a team, and working independently within a professional setting.
  • familiar with MS Office, Adobe and other educational software including an understanding of adaptive and assistive technology;
  • Experience of working with partner agencies and employers.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check

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