Student support

In order to support you during your time at the Tavistock and Portman, we offer a range of services to help you get the the most out of your education and training.

Student suport

We have an inclusive approach to supporting our students with disabilities or specific learning difficulties. We respond to the requirements of individuals to ensure that you have equal and fair access to our courses wherever possible. We design our curriculum and assessment with all students in mind.

We can offer advice and support if you’re concerned about the impact your disability could have on your education and training opportunities.  Please contact Sara Riley if you would like a confidential discussion about how we can support you in your studies.

Facilities for disabled students include:

  • An automatic entry system
  • Ramps
  • Opening swing doors
  • Toilets for people with disabilities (located on the ground floor)
  • A low-level reception counter
  • Signs in Braille
  • A Portable induction loop

In addition, our library service provides a range of support services available for library users with disabilities.  These include:

  • One-to-one follow-up library induction session 
  • One-to-one follow-up literature search and database training 
  • Assistance from friendly staff
  • Cheaper photocopying (please ensure you retain your receipts if you wish to claim money back from your local authority)
  • Copying/printing on coloured paper for dyslexic/visually impaired users
  • Dedicated workstations for visually-impaired and wheelchair users.
  • Extended loan periods
  • Postal loans
  • Special reservation service – most items can be reserved via the online catalogue, however if you require additional assistance, please contact us at least 2 working days in advance with details of the items  you require and we will put them aside for you
  • Microsoft accessibility application on all library computers.  Please ask for help at the issue desk.
  • Readings in Braille or other alternative formats.

Please also see our Students Disabilities Procedure for more information.

We understand that you may require some emotional support throughout your course. Three main sources of support are available to all students:

1. Your personal tutor

Throughout your time with us, you’ll have a personal tutor who will meet with you regularly. As well as discussing your progress, your tutor can support you with any difficulties you may encounter. 

2. Student advice and consultation service available in term time - for current students only

If any personal or professional issues arise that you don’t feel comfortable sharing with your personal tutor for any reason, you can instead seek help in complete confidence from our student advice and consultation service.

This service can offer help in making decisions, or give you support in coping with a crisis such as bereavement, relationship breakdown or experience of trauma. In addition, it can support you to find appropriate help with issues such as finance and career advice.

If you’re a current student and would like more information about this service, please contact Kate McWilliams .

3. Personal Therapy

If you’re on a clinical course where you’ll be seeing patients, you’ll need to have personal therapy throughout the length of the course. 

In some instances, you may need to be in therapy for a year prior to, as well as during, your clinical training. 

If you have any concerns arising from this, you should discuss them with your personal tutor, organising tutor or the course administrator, and we’ll endeavour to support you however we can.

If your course is accredited by a University partner, you’ll usually have access to the university’s student support services as well as ours.

We can offer financial support to you in the form of loans and bursaries. Please see our fees and funding pages for further information.  We also provide a variety of ways for you to pay your fees.

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