Students with an impairment are normally eligible for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), the details of which are given in Healey et al. (2001). The regulations are available from the Department for Education and Skills. Since September 2000 a similar provision is also available for postgraduate students and part-time students. In outline, the allowance is to cover additional costs incurred by a student undertaking a course because of the disability. There are no specific limits within the maximum (at present £5,000) on how the grant may be spent, but it is awarded depending on recommendations from a needs assessment carried out by an Access Centre or similar body. It is important that any additional resources and cost implications arising from the need to do fieldwork are recognised, and included in this. If any proposed additional costs are to fall on the HEI, these should be brought to the attention of colleagues and senior management as soon as possible.
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