What is the role of the Learning Link?
The Learning Link plays a key role in ensuring that all students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties receive additional support and are helped to integrate fully into College life and progress in their chosen course.
Where can I find advice and guidance regarding additional support?
Student can e-mail the Learning Link directly for advice and guidance – firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, information about the Learning Link is available online through Moodle and also in the Student Portal.
What should I do if I have a disability and/or learning difficulty?
If you do not want any additional support then that it totally your call. However, we strongly recommend that you avail of the support that we can offer. So if you would like some additional support, you will need to fill in a Learning Support Referral Form and submit it to one of our two Learning Link offices (either at the Strand Road campus or at the Limavady campus). You will need to submit evidence of your disability and/or learning difficulty along with this Learning Support Referral Form. If you ask any Lecturer for a Learning Support Referral Form they will be able to print you one off. You can also get a Learning Support Referral Form from either of the two Learning Link offices (either at the Strand Road campus or at the Limavady campus).
Do I really need to provide evidence to the College when applying for Learning Support?
Yes, all students requesting additional support due to a disability and/or learning difficulty (this includes Dyslexia) must supply relevant and appropriate evidence to the Learning Link before any additional support can be put in place.
How is additional support for students organised by the Learning Link?
Firstly you need to fill in a Learning Support Referral Form and submit it, along with evidence of your disability and/or learning difficulty, to one of our two Learning Link offices (we have one Learning Link office at our Strand Road campus and one Learning Link office at our Limavady campus). Once we have received your Learning Support Referral Form one of our Learning Support Officers will be in touch to invite you in for an Assessment of Need appointment which will be help at one of our two Learning Link offices. Following this Assessment of Need appointment we will be able to put additional support in place for you.
I received 25% extra time in my exams at secondary school. Will this ‘roll over’ to my exams at North West Regional College?
No – additional support (this includes extra time in exams) cannot be put in place until we have met you for an Assessment of Need appointment. We will need evidence of your disability and/or learning difficulty before we contact the Examinations Office to ask them to give you extra time in exams.
Will the additional support that the Learning Link provides ‘roll over’ into the second year of my course?
No – you need to have an Assessment of Need appointment at the start of each year that you study at the College.
If you are progressing from an FE course to a HE course, you should apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (Northern Ireland resident students only).
If I have already registered with the Learning Link, and my additional needs change at some point in the year, what should I do?
If your additional needs change at any point in the year please let the Learning Link know as soon as possible so that suitable adjustments can be arranged for you.
If I have a medical condition which may endanger my safety, what steps does the College take?
The Learning Link will create a Medical Plan for you and if necessary a ‘Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan’ will be drawn up by the College’s Health and Safety Officer, Mr Patsy McHugh. All staff (e.g. your Lecturers) who will be in contact with you will be sent a copy of the Medical Plan by the Learning Link – this Medical Plan will provide details on the correct steps to take in the event of an emergency. However, the onus is on yourself to let us know of your medical condition.
What type of support does the Learning Link offer?
We can offer alternative exam arrangements (e.g. extra time, a reader, a scribe, a separate room, rest breaks), non-medical Support Workers in class, Study Skills support sessions, specialist equipment and assistive technologies, advice and support regarding access to the College’s facilities and services, and assistance for HE students wishing to apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. This is not an exhaustive list.
Can support be organised through the Learning Link if I am registered on a training programme such as TFS or AppNI?
Yes, although the support received will be organised through those organisations rather than through the Learning Link, but ultimately students will receive the same level of support as a student on a mainstream course.
Is it possible to decline additional support halfway through the College year?
Yes, if you feel that you no longer want to avail of additional support then you should contact the Learning Link to discuss this.
Where are the Learning Link main offices located and when are they open?
Learning Link, C165, Tower Building, Strand Road campus, Derry-Londonderry, BT48 7AL.
Monday – Thursday: 08:30hrs until 17:00hrs
Friday: 09:00hrs until 16:00hrs
Learning Link, Student Services, Limavady campus, Main Street, Limavady, BT49 0EX.
Monday – Wednesday: 09:00hrs until 14:45hrs
Thursday: 08:30hrs until 17:00hrs
Friday: 09:00hrs until 16:00hrs
Do Learning Link staff visit Strabane campus?
Yes, every Wednesday – from 08:30hrs until 16:30hrs.
Do Learning Link staff visit Springtown campus?
Yes, every Monday from 08:30hrs until noon.
Do Learning Link staff visit Greystone campus?
Yes, every Thursday from 09:30hrs until noon.
I am applying for Higher Education and I am from the Republic of Ireland; how can I access support?
Students from ROI and in Higher Education (course of Level 4 and above) can check for eligibility to apply to the ‘Fund for Students with Disabilities’ at: www.studentfinance.ie