The college is small and friendly which means that staff have a close relationship with students and can respond to their needs quickly and flexibly.
Inclusive & Supportive
Rose Bruford College welcomes and encourages applications from disabled students. Disabled people, particularly those with physical disabilities, are currently underrepresented in acting and theatre professions and the College would like to address this by training disabled students to work in these areas. We have an ongoing relationship with a theatre group for disabled actors to encourage more disabled students to apply to the College.
The College supports an inclusive approach to education, whereby the curriculum is adapted to suit the needs of all students. We recently completed a review of programmes to ensure that they are flexible and adaptable to meet a range of needs. The College has set up a Disabled Student Forum, which meets twice a year to ensure that students can have an input into college processes and policies. The information obtained from these forums is used to plan for action to be included in the College Disability Equality Scheme and Reviews.
Advice & Guidance
We recommend that applicants disclose their disability on their UCAS form and to the College before they attend for interview so that any adjustments, if appropriate, can be made to the interview process.
It is in students’ interest to allow information to be passed on in order that staff can make the necessary reasonable adjustments and so that discussions can take place with teaching staff at interview about possible adjustments to assessment if necessary.
For more information on financial support for students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties, click here.
Although our new buildings are fully accessible, we are continually looking to improve access to other areas of the College.
The main staff accommodation and some teaching rooms are based in Lamorbey House, which is a three-storey, 17th-Century listed building. There is no lift in the building and so accommodation above the ground floor is not accessible to wheelchair users. However, arrangements can be made to meet staff in an accessible location. A disabled toilet is available on the ground floor of the building. The majority of teaching rooms are on the ground floor.
Reception area and Stable Block, Rose Theatre and Courtyard Building
These are new buildings and are accessible with lift access to the first floor of both buildings, and disabled toilets in both buildings. The Learning Resource Centre is on the first floor of the Courtyard building and accessible to wheelchair users via a lift from the Foyer area of the Rose Theatre. The Rose Theatre has an induction loop system.
A programme of refurbishment is currently being undertaken, after which the space should be fully accessible.
This building is accessible on the ground floor through large double doors but there is no access to the first floor.
The College has an arrangement with the University of Greenwich to provide student accommodation. For more information, see the Accommodation section on page 86. There are a number of rooms that have been adapted for physically disabled students. Please contact either the Accommodation Officer or the Disability Adviser for further information.
The dyslexia department was established at Rose Bruford College several years before such things became compulsory, and so supporting dyslexic students is an established part of the college culture.
Within the first two weeks, students will receive a talk about dyslexia; why it is commonplace in the College, how it manifests itself in learning and why it is that a significant proportion of our students discover their dyslexia after they have arrived in higher education.
Dyslexia study skills tutors
We have two tutors in the college dedicated to helping students with their study skills: Rachel Clements and Simon Hopper. Jim is a graduate of the College. Simon is our trained dyslexia specialist and a dyslexic graduate, a fact that he maintains is the best qualification he has for his work.
Students can seek coaching in any area of study skills. This can include reading, note taking, planning, writing, proofreading, organisation, time-management and memory skills. Study skills help is not limited to dyslexics.
Students can present themselves for dyslexia screening if they think they may be dyslexic. Those considered to be dyslexic may be referred for a formal assessment with one of our panel of educational psychologists and the college is normally able to help fund this.