Disabled postgraduate researchers
The University is experienced in supporting disabled Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs). Disability Services, the individual PGR
DSAS can also provide advice and guidance to schools on inclusive practice.
DISABLED STUDENTS ALLOWANCES (DSAs)
PGRs can apply to their Research Council or
PGRs can contact Disability Services or RCUK for more information on the support available.
PGRs are encouraged to disclose to ensure they receive the support and reasonable adjustments they may need. PGRs can choose to speak to Disability Services in confidence. If a PGR undertook their undergraduate study at Leeds, Disability Services may have information on file, but they will not know if they returned to undertake postgraduate study unless they disclose on their application form, or at registration, or they are informed separately.
Reasonable adjustments can be made to the transfer viva/oral examination so that disabled PGRs are not disadvantaged by the process. The same academic standards for the transfer /award of the particular research degree must be upheld. Academic schools are legally obliged to make reasonable adjustments.
THE TRANSFER AND VIVA PROCESS
Reasonable Adjustments are arranged on a case-by-case basis; in consultation with Disability Services, the individual PGR and their academic School.
Reasonable adjustments may include, for example:
provision of materials in alternative formats
adjustments to the room and furniture e.g. light, seating or space
opportunities to present at the beginning or end
the use of a British Sign Language interpreter
non-medical helper support
Further examples of reasonable adjustments to the