Learning Support

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The College aims to provide a safe, supportive and friendly learning environment for all students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

This support will assist students to realise their full academic and personal potential and may be available for students with a physical disability, sensory impairment, mental health or learning difficulty. Students with additional learning support requirements will be interviewed and assessed in relation to their needs and an individual Action Plan drawn up and agreed with them.

If you think you may need support please complete the Referral Form and give it to Reception Staff at any campus. One of our Learning Support Co-Ordinators will then contact you to arrange an appointment where you can discuss your support needs in confidence. You can also email Learning Support: learningsupport@src.ac.uk 

Learning Support is additional support to assist students who might otherwise be unable to access a programme of study or who, by reason of their learning difficulty or disability, may require specific support beyond that normally provided by the College.

This support will assist students with disabilities, learning difficulties or medical conditions to realise their full academic and personal potential. Examples of difficulties includes specific literacy difficulties, Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, mental health difficulties or mobility difficulties. Examples of support include learning support assistants, mentors, scribes, special exam arrangements or assistive technology loan.

Students with additional learning support requirements will be interviewed and assessed in relation to their needs and an individual support plan drawn up and agreed with them.

There is no obligation to disclose learning difficulties or a disability, either when applying to the College or throughout time spent studying at the College. However, we would strongly advise you to inform us as it is impossible to plan in advance if we are not advised of the support that you may require. All information will be treated in a sensitive and confidential manner.

There are a number of options available for you:

  • Completion of Learning Support during the online course application process.
  • Contact relevant Learning Support Co-ordinator in your campus by; either calling into their office, e-mailing or calling them. Contact details can be found in your student diary/College Website/SRC intranet. 
  • Speak to your Tutors / Personal tutor.
  • Complete a Referral Form which can be downloaded from the SRC Website and forward to the Learning Support Co-ordinator.

When a referral has been received by the Learning Support Co-ordinator an appointment will be arranged with you to meet with the Learning Support Coordinator to discuss your particular needs.

The level of support that you receive will depend on your particular learning needs. Every student is treated on an individual basis.  Types of support can include the following:

  • Learning support assistant support
  • Mentoring support
  • Support for assistive technology
  • Special exam arrangements

If you have a disability and are sitting exams an application may need to be made to your awarding body.

It is very important to let college staff know as soon as possible if you need any adjustments to make your course accessible to you, this includes special exam arrangements. If you have been permitted exam arrangements such as extra time, or a reader in your previous school and will be sitting exams here at the college, an application has to be sent to the Awarding Body at the beginning of the exam series.  You need to make an appointment with the Learning Support Coordinator to discuss these either before you commence your course or at the beginning of the academic year.

Students on Higher Education programmes who have a diagnosed learning difficulty or disability may be eligible to apply to their local Education Authority for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).     DSA can help with the cost of a non-medical helper (e.g. mentor or note taker), items of specialist equipment, travel and other course-related costs.  If you need any advice or guidance on this process please contact your Learning Support Co-ordinator or alternatively view www.studentfinanceni.co.uk for further details. 

There are Learning Support Co-Ordinators available for each campus. Please contact the Co-ordinator at the campus on which your course is offered.

Banbridge Campuses
Siobhan Blaney
E: blaneys@src.ac.uk
T: 028 3025 9612/077 3391 2871

Portadown & Lurgan Campuses
Catherine Daly
E: dalyc@src.ac.uk
T: 028 3025 9612/ 077 1198 1715

Newry & Kilkeel Campuses
Lorna Lundy
E: lundyl@src.ac.uk
T: 028 3025 9612/07711 981741

Paula Shields
E: shieldsp@src.ac.uk
T: 028 3025 9612 / 07767167138

Armagh Campus - Lisanally Campus
Jacqueline Simms
E: simmsj@src.ac.uk
T: 028 3025 9612/077 3391 2872

Armagh Campus - Killylea Road Campus
Lorraine Abbott
E: abbottlj@src.ac.uk
T: 028 3025 9612/07841 970567

If you cannot access a phone, text messages are welcome to the Learning Support Co-Ordinators