In the thick of it

A violent epidemic of flu and related infections, diseases and general malaise is sweeping the university causing staff and students to fall by the wayside. ALS is suffering its fair share of casualties but our team of student advisors – Paula, Sue and the two Jackies (pictured left) – have continued to face the busiest month of the year with great fortitude.

Over the summer, the team contacted six hundred prospective ALS students to advise them of ways in which BU will support them, the various assessments that will be undertaken, how to provide useful evidence and how to make successful and speedy applications for DSA. All of this is accomplished with a view to helping the newcomers experience an easy transition into university life.

Having advised on procedures and processes, the team then put these into practice: in October they carried out 70 screenings to determine the kind of support that students might be eligible for. They have also arranged for 59 assessments to be carried out this month by educational psychologists and arranged countless first appointments with ALS tutors. This is no mean feat given adverse conditions. Well done ladies!

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