Last week marked an important point in the current ALS research into disclosure of learning differences on placement. When making the bid for funding, one of our objectives was to produce two videos which illustrated a range of perspectives from people with a relevant input to the process.
Nathan Revill, director of Dorset Creative, was commissioned to produce this work. From Tuesday onwards, he and ALS tutor, Alison visited a number of locations to interview our students and staff. The first of these was Hannah Martin, a second year LLB Law student who is about to commence her placement. Hannah had initially chosen not to disclose prior to placement but, at her interview, the potential employer enquired about what he viewed as a discrepancy between her grades. On explanation, the placement was confirmed with the employer offering to make reasonable adjustments for the forthcoming year.
Linda Ladle, BU’s Careers & Employability Manager, was also interviewed on Tuesday. Linda is acting as an intermediary on this research between ALS and the Placement Development Advisors who are helping to collate feedback from employers. Linda was also able to offer some positive information on ways in which students with learning differences can be supported as they face their placement year.
The following day, filming moved to one of the Media School studios in order to accommodate Holly Riddle who is a final year BA (Hons) Marketing student. Holly has completed a very successful placement year with Sky and was able to elucidate the benefits of disclosing a learning difference during the placement interview.
On Thursday, we moved on to Days Hotel in Bournemouth to interview and film Rosie Wallace, the director. Rosie has a wealth of experience in offering placements to people with a range of learning differences. She takes her own measures to identify conditions such as dyslexia and dyspraxia beforehand and is willing and able to make relevant adjustments
On Friday, as the weather did not permit the outdoor filming we had hoped for, we went back to Days Hotel to interview Ryan Godolphin who is a final year BSc (Hons) Product Design student. Ryan is an extremely successful student who has completed a placement at Sunseeker and recently been awarded a Dyson bursary. More importantly (for the benefits of our research), Ryan is an excellent ambassador for both BU and dyslexia. Ryan sees his dyslexia a a positive advantage that enables him to find innovative and creative solutions to problems.
These videos will eventually be aired on YouTube, used for staff development and training and hopefully utilised to help employers have a better understanding of students with dyslexia and dyspraxia.