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  • Disabled Students’ Allowances AY 20/21

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    Disabled Students’

    Allowances

    Higher Education Student Finance in Wales

    Academic Year 20/21

    Version 1.0

    This guidance is for key stakeholders in academic year 20/21 for ‘Disabled Students’

    Allowances (DSAs)’. The guidance covers DSAs legislation and the administration of

    applications for DSAs.

    If you have any enquiries on this guidance, please contact below:

    Telephone Email

    Student Support

    Team 0300 100 0618 SSIN_queries@slc.co.uk

    Regulation References

    Since AY 18/19 there have been two sets of Regulations governing student support in Wales.

    As these Regulations will often have mirroring provisions the regulation references

    throughout this guidance will be followed by either “(2017)” or “(2018)” to denote which set

    of Student Support Regulations the regulation is in reference to.

    (2017) will denote the “The Education (Student Support) (Wales) Regulations 2017 (SI

    2017/47)” as amended.

    (2018) will denote the “The Education (Student Support) (Wales) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/191)” as amended.

    mailto:SSIN_queries@slc.co.uk

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    CONTENTS

    Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 6

    Policy ......................................................................................................................................... 6

    Full-time DSAs ....................................................................................................................................... 6

    Eligibility ............................................................................................................................................... 7

    Erasmus Students .................................................................................................................................. 8

    Prisoners ............................................................................................................................................... 8

    Means-tested NHS bursaries ................................................................................................................. 8

    ITT courses ............................................................................................................................................ 9

    Sandwich courses and work placements ............................................................................................... 9

    Students who become eligible during the course .................................................................................. 9

    DSAs for students attending full-time courses ........................................................................ 12

    Non-medical helper allowance ............................................................................................................ 12

    Course transfers and specialist equipment allowance ......................................................................... 14

    General allowance ............................................................................................................................... 15

    Travel allowance ................................................................................................................................. 15

    Part-time DSAs ........................................................................................................................ 16

    Eligibility ............................................................................................................................................. 16

    Designated part-time courses .............................................................................................................. 16

    DSAs for students undertaking part-time courses ............................................................................... 17

    Students whose status as an eligible (full-time) student is converted to that of an eligible part-time

    student ................................................................................................................................................ 18

    Students whose status as an eligible part-time student is converted to that of an eligible (full-time)

    student ................................................................................................................................................ 18

    DSAs for postgraduate students .............................................................................................. 19

    Eligibility ............................................................................................................................................. 19

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    Designated postgraduate courses for DSAs ......................................................................................... 21

    Periods of eligibility ............................................................................................................................. 22

    Transfer of eligibility ........................................................................................................................... 23

    Students moving directly from undergraduate to postgraduate study ................................................ 23

    Postgraduate students completing dissertations after their course ends ............................................ 24

    Administration of DSAs............................................................................................................ 25

    Evidence of a disability ........................................................................................................................ 25

    Needs assessment ............................................................................................................................... 26

    DSA Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) Closure ............................................................................... 28

    Needs assessments for students studying Outside Wales .................................................................... 28

    The role of the student ........................................................................................................................ 28

    Disability Advisers ............................................................................................................................... 29

    DSAs study needs assessor .................................................................................................................. 30

    The scope of DSAs ................................................................................................................... 31

    The Equality Act 2010 .......................................................................................................................... 31

    Equality Act 2010 and work placements .............................................................................................. 32

    Support appropriate to the DSAs......................................................................................................... 33

    Social Services ..................................................................................................................................... 35

    Specific Learning Difficulties ................................................................................................................ 35

    Screening for SpLDs ............................................................................................................................. 36

    Full diagnostic evidence of SpLDs ........................................................................................................ 37

    Students diagnosed after the start of their HE course ......................................................................... 39

    arrangements for engaging non-medical helpers ................................................................... 39

    The employment rights of non-medical helpers including tax and National Insurance Contribution

    implications ......................................................................................................................................... 39

    The employer of the non-medical helper ............................................................................................ 40

    Case Study 1 ............................................................................................................................ 41

    Case Study 2 ............................................................................................................................ 41

    Case Study 3 ............................................................................................................................ 41

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    Relieving students of employer responsibilities .................................................................................. 42

    Using non-medical helpers employed by HEPs .................................................................................... 42

    Using self employed non-medical helpers ..............