Mr James McKenzie

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  • Position:Head of Access West of England
  • Department:SPS - Student Support and Wellbeing
  • Telephone:+4411732 83965

About me

I am passionate about improving life opportunities for disabled people. For the past 16 years I have worked within higher education trying to encourage inclusion of disabled students and delivering high quality support services to meet their individual needs.  I believe strongly that disabled students are best served through inclusive design of teaching, learning and assessment.  UWE still has some way to go before reaching its goals of becoming a truly inclusive university and therefore disabled students still require input from specialist support services to help identify appropriate adjustments and support.  My current role at UWE is that of Head of Service for Access West of England (AWE).  AWE  carries out study needs assessments for the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA), screening and diagnostic assessments for Specific Learning Difficulties (such as Dyslexia) and specialist one-to-one study skills support and mentoring.  The work we do as a service has a direct impact on recruitment, retention and achievement of disabled students.  I find this area of work extremely rewarding and am glad to be part of something that makes such a positive difference to disabled people. 

Area of expertise

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) regulations and assessment centre quality assurance requirements; disability legislation, policy and practice; funding and support for disabled students;   reasonable adjustments; assistive technology and alternative formats; support for visual impairment; dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties; accessible curriculum. 


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