Learning and disability support

We’re committed to supporting students with a range of additional needs. At Trinity, a specialist practitioner, Mel Lucas, can advise and support students throughout their time here. For more information about Mel’s role, see below.

Specific learning difficulties (SpLDs)

Through our Study Support Tutor, we can provide in-house screening for learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia, prior to formal assessment. We also offer one-to-one support for learning strategies. Funds are available through the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) for equipment and learning support.

Sensory disabilities

We’re able to offer tailored support for deaf students with help from Bristol Diocese’s Chaplain to the Deaf Community. Our Disability Advisor will help students with visual difficulties or other additional needs to gain the appropriate assessment of their needs.

Unseen disabilities and medical conditions

These include asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and back conditions. Our Disability Advisor can help students access help they may be entitled to through the DSA and, where necessary, plan for alternative exam arrangements.

Mobility needs

We’re committed to making what reasonable adjustments we can to our infrastructure and processes to help students with mobility difficulties to engage as fully as possible with life and learning at Trinity.

Disability Advisor and Study Support Tutor Mel Lucas, BEd, MA, DipSpLD (Dyslexia), AMBDA, APC (Patoss)

Mel is a qualified specialist teacher offering a variety of support for students with specific learning difficulties. She provides screening for dyslexia, dyspraxia, and attention deficit disorder (ADD) and supports students through individual study skills tutorials. She is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA); she also holds an Irlen Screening Certificate and is able to help students with problems of visual stress and perception. Mel has had a long career in language teaching; she has been an examiner for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and a teacher of deaf children. She can also give help in academic English to those returning to formal education after a lengthy break. As Disability Advisor, Mel assists all students at Trinity with additional needs to access the appropriate support. To contact Mel, email mel.lucas@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or call 0117 968 0206.

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