JUL 99] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE
Coventry University Launches New Dyslexia Pack For StudentsA new Dyslexia Information Pack has just been launched by Coventry
University to provide even better support for its students who may experience problems in
Over three hundred students at Coventry University are
dyslexic - with only 60 per cent having been diagnosed as such before they arrive. This is
by no means unusual, and reflects the national picture outlined in the report 'Dyslexia in
Higher Education: policy, provision and practice' produced by the Higher Education Funding
Council for England (HEFCE).
As a result of a recent HEFCE initiative Coventry
University has developed its Dyslexia Information Pack which will be available to dyslexic
students, those who think they may be, and the staff who support them.
The pack has been produced by the University's Centre for
Research and Policy in Disability; the Creative Design Studio; the Disabilities Office;
the Dyslexia Support Group, and the Educational Development Unit.
The information it contains will also be available on the
The pack complements the existing provision of an initial
assessment service, follow-up support, and awareness sessions for staff and students
already offered by the University.
Sarah Williams, Senior Lecturer in Learning and Study
Support, who conducts initial dyslexia assessments and runs the training and awareness
sessions across the University said:
"Many students hide their dyslexia or don't know they
are dyslexic until they arrive here. The support that Coventry University offers can help
them to achieve their best in an environment which otherwise might seem very
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