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Podcasting - supporting students with disabilities

20 Feb 2017

In September 2016, colleagues in IT Services worked with the Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) to make changes to the podcasting service, making extra lecture recordings available for students with disabilities.

The student feedback has been fantastic, with over 1,400 students now receiving additional recordings that would have otherwise never have been made.

In a recent survey, 83% of DASS students say the recordings are essential to their education, with 91% stating that they believe having access to the recordings will improve their examination results. Just look at what some of them have had to say:

"Very useful and takes a lot of stress away from not being able to attend lectures due to illness. Makes it much more accessible and I feel more included and a valued member of the university.”

“SO helpful; means if I am struggling in the lecture with my issues, I don't feel like I am at a disadvantage, which often you do feel!"

"This was genuinely a life saver for me this semester as I missed the majority of lectures due to problems arising outside of my control, extremely grateful for this service, thank you :)”

Special thanks go to staff in IT Services and the Disability Advisory and Support Service for their efforts in making this such a success.