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What happens after the assessment?

If strategies are agreed during the assessment interview and no further research is necessary, the draft report stage can be omitted by mutual consent between the student and the assessor.

If you require a draft report

1. Following the assessment interview, the needs assessment report should be sent to you within 10 working days. (All efforts will be made to despatch the report within 2 weeks. At busy times of year and/or in the event that the assessor is awaiting necessary information from you or a third party this may not be possible.)

2. As a draft has been requested prior to us sending the report to your Sponsor please read the report.

  • If you agree with the contents of the report and find no errors, sign the enclosed agreement form and return it to the Assessment Centre (keeping your copy of the report, which will become the 'final copy');
  • If you have any queries or amendments are required please contact the Assessment Centre. Where adjustments are reasonable, these will be made and if required a 'final' report will be issued.

If we do not hear from you or receive your signed agreement within 10 working days, a copy of your report will automatically be sent to your Funding Body.

3. The final report will be sent to the Funding Body within 1 working day from receipt of your approval (or after 10 working days from despatch of the draft have passed).

4. Once a copy of the report is received by your Funding Body an Awards Officer will process the report and advise you in writing whether DSA has been granted for any equipment, non medical help and general costs we recommend have been agreed. Where support is granted, the letter should explain whether you will need to order equipment or if the awards officer will do this on your behalf. Your Funding Body may also instruct you which of the supplier quotes you should use.

Processing time differs between Funding Bodies (SLC aim to process within 7 days) but would be expected to be approximately 10 working days. It would be reasonable to contact your Funding Body (telephone number on the front of your report) regarding approval of the recommended items if they have not contacted you after a few weeks.

In the event that you are ordering any equipment, you should use the relevant equipment table(s) in your report. Equipment suppliers will probably request that you send a copy of the letter from your awards officer; this way they will invoice the Funding Body and not you. Where we have provided you with a VAT exemption form for computer hardware/software or assistive hearing equipment, you should also complete and send this in to expedite the order process.

If you are advised to purchase items from your own funds and submit receipts to your Funding Body for reimbursement you should urge your Funding Body to order equipment on your behalf or to pay the supplier direct as government guidelines state that students should not have to lay out large sums of their own money.

5. Once ordered equipment should be despatched within ten working days. When items are received, if installation of items and/or training in assistive technology has been recommended, please contact the training provider to arrange these sessions.

6. You may be invited to provide evaluative feedback on the assessment process and supplier performance.

Any discussions regarding ordering equipment should be dealt with between the student and awards officer. The Assessment Centre does not order equipment on the student's behalf but your disability advisor may assist you.

If you have any questions or queries relating to any of the above, please contact the Lincoln/Hull Assessment Centre on 01522 530099 / 01482 463669.

Informing your institution

If you are a student with Hull University, Hull College, Bishop Burton College, Grimsby Institute or Bishop Grosseteste UC, and have agreed to your institution receiving a copy of your assessment report, a copy will also be sent to your institution at the same time as we despatch it to your Funding Body. (If you are studying outside of these institutions, you will either receive your report electronically, to pass to third parties, or will be sent a second copy of the report to give to your Disability Advisor if desired).

If you do NOT require a draft report

If strategies are agreed during the assessment interview and no further research is necessary, the draft report stage can be omitted by mutual consent between the student and the assessor.

1. Following the assessment interview, the needs assessment report should be sent to you and your Sponsor within 10 working days. (All efforts will be made to despatch the report within 2 weeks. At busy times of year and/or in the event that the assessor is awaiting necessary information from you or a third party this may not be possible.)

If you are a student with Hull University, Hull College, Bishop Burton College, Grimsby Institute or Bishop Grosseteste UC, and have agreed this in the assessment, a copy of the report will also be sent to your institution. (If you are studying outside of these institutions, you will either receive your report electronically, to pass to third parties, or will be sent a second copy of the report to give to your Disability advisor if desired).

2. Once a copy of the report is received by your Funding Body an Awards Officer will process the report and advise you in writing whether any equipment, non medical help and general costs we recommend have been agreed. Where support is granted, the letter should explain whether you will need to order equipment or if the Awards Officer will do this on your behalf. Your Funding Body may also instruct you which of the supplier quotes you should use.

Processing time differs between Funding Bodies (SLC aim to process within 7 days) but would be expected to be approximately 10 working days. It would be reasonable to contact your Funding Body (telephone number on the front of your report) regarding approval of the recommended items if they have not contacted you after a few weeks.

In the event that you are ordering any equipment, you should use the relevant equipment table(s) in your report. Equipment suppliers will probably request that you send a copy of the letter from your Awards Officer; this way they will invoice the Sponsor and not you. Where we have provided you with a VAT exemption form for computer hardware/software or assistive hearing equipment, you should also complete and send this in to expedite the order process.

If you are advised to purchase items from your own funds and submit receipts to your Funding Body for reimbursement you should urge your Funding Body to order equipment on your behalf or to pay the supplier direct as government guidelines state that students should not have to lay out large sums of their own money.

3. Once ordered equipment should be despatched within ten working days. When items are received, if installation of items and/or training in assistive technology has been recommended, please contact the training provider to arrange these sessions.

4. You may be invited to provide evaluative feedback on the assessment process and supplier performance.

Any discussions regarding ordering equipment should be dealt with between the student and awards officer. The Assessment Centre does not order equipment on the student's behalf but your disability advisor may assist you.

If you have any questions or queries relating to any of the above, please contact the Lincoln/Hull Assessment Centre on 01522 530099 / 01482 463669.