HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

Assistant Disability Advisor

Location
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Salary
£26,243–£30,395
Posted
Monday, 15 July 2019
End of advertisement period
Friday, 26 July 2019
Ref
IRC23031
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Closing date 26 Jul 2019 23:00 (UK time)
Salary £26,243–£30,395 (Grade 6)
Location Edinburgh
Department Student Wellbeing Service, Disability Team
Category Professional & Managerial
Status Full Time

About Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

For full details on our University please view our Careers at Heriot-Watt http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers-at-heriot-watt.htm

About our Team

The Student Wellbeing Service (SWS) operates at Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Campuses (SBC). There are approximately 8500 students in total between the two campuses, and 20 Student Wellbeing Service staff. The Wellbeing Services aim to provide a range of support, guidance, activities, and advice to help students to be their best, and get the most form their university experience. We engage with students throughout the lifecycle,from pre-enrolment to graduation. The service areas are:

  • Disability Service (Edinburgh and SBC)
  • Counselling and Support Service (Edinburgh and SBC)
  • Student Experience Office ( Edinburgh and SBC)
  • Residence Life team (Edinburgh campus accommodation)

Detailed Description

To undertake initial assessments of referrals to the Disability Service, provide advice and guidance and ensure that appropriate support is put in place

  • To carry a caseload of students with SpLD, and ensure that appropriate support is provided and relevant reasonable adjustments are made
  • After appropriate training,to undertake part 1 of Disabled Student Allowance Assessments
  • To contribute to the development of both the Disability Service and wider University student support provision

Key duties and responsibilities

  • as Act as a central point of contact for prospective and current disabled students, providing advice and information on the provision of support services and facilities which are available in the university
  • Assist applicants during the admissions process; liaising with academic schools, other central university services and external agencies as necessary with regard to the particular needs of individual students.
  • Attend Departmental and University Open Days when possible; organising visits for applicants where necessary
  • Carry a caseload, mainly supporting students with specific learning disabilities and liaising with Educational Psychologists and other professionals.
  • Carry out Part 1 of DSA assessment process
  • Assist where necessary in the recruitment, matching and supervision of non-medical personal helpers and overseeing the provision of all non-medical help in the service
  • Assist in developing relevant literature,resources, policies and procedure in relation to the service, working in an integrated way with other sections within Student Support and Accommodation.
  • Keep confidential case notes and other relevant information and records for statistical purposes and service development inline with Data Protection policy.
  • Work collaboratively and supportively in the Disability Service, sharing ideas regarding the support delivered to students.
  • Undertake other tasks and responsibilities as requested by the Disability Adviser or Director of Student Support and Accommodation
  • Undertake continuing professional development as appropriate

Education, qualifications and experience

  • A good honours degree or equivalent
  • Experience working with disabled students and/or people with support needs
  • Experience in working in front line services, assessing the appropriate response and providing advice, information and guidance on a range of issues
  • Knowledge of learning support strategies applicable to people with a range of disabilities
  • Understanding of the DSA process
  • Knowledge of SpLD such as dyslexia and related support needs
  • Capacity to work with a range of professionals
  • An up to date knowledge of the legislative framework relating to disability
  • Excellent organisational, communication and networking skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills, dealing with a broad range of students and staff
  • Effective team working
  • Excellent IT skills including sound working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • A good honours degree or equivalent
  • Experience working with disabled students and/or people with support needs
  • Experience in working in front line services, assessing the appropriate response and providing advice, information and guidance on a range of issues
  • Knowledge of learning support strategies applicable to people with a range of disabilities
  • Understanding of the DSA process
  • Knowledge of SpLD such as dyslexia and related support needs
  • Capacity to work with a range of professionals
  • An up to date knowledge of the legislative framework relating to disability
  • Excellent organisational, communication and networking skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills, dealing with a broad range of students and staff
  • Effective team working
  • Excellent IT skills including sound working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 26th July 2019.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of non-European nationals. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.

Minimum Salary 26243
Maximum Salary 30395
Currency GBP
Amount of Travel Minimum Travel