Working with your adviser

Discover the steps that you'll go through with your disability and inclusion adviser, from starting at university through to graduation.

The best way to access the support we offer is to make an appointment with a disability and inclusion adviser, as they'll become your key point of contact within our service.

Here are the common steps that you and your disability and inclusion adviser will work through together.

1. Identify your support requirements

At the start of each year, we'll work out how we can best support you. This is a chance for you to discuss which courses you'll be taking and outline your support requirements with your adviser.

Most students find that their support requirements will change year to year.

2. Make a plan

Once we’ve identified your needs, we can help you to create a plan for the trimester. Your plan may include:

  • your impairment needs
  • your strengths and goals
  • inclusive strategies from teaching staff
  • what support Disability Services will provide
  • what actions you’ll take.

As part of your plan, we'll also talk about ways that we can tailor our support to best suit you. For example, you may require specific types of support such as coaching, places to rest or certain kinds of technology.

Students who require minimal support may still find it useful at this point to know what kind of support is available should they need it.

3. Get you connected

We can help you get connected across the University—with other students, academic staff or another service like Student Counselling.

4. Check in with you

At the end of the trimester we encourage you to reflect on what worked and what didn’t. We'll discuss your progress towards your goals and your satisfaction with the support that you're receiving. This will help us plan for the next trimester.

5. Prepare for graduation

At any time during your study—particularly as you get close to graduating—we can connect you with our partners in Careers and Employment and Workbridge who can help prepare you for meaningful employment during and after your study.

We encourage you to stay in touch with us following graduation, as we’re always keen to hear stories from our alumni.