Scholarships and Prizes 2003: Miscellaneous and Multidisciplinary

SOUTHERN TRUST FUND FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Thanks to the generosity of the Southern Trust, the University has a fund for the support of students who, by reason of their disability, need special equipment or other support in order to pursue their studies.

The fund is administered by the funds panel of the Advisory Panel on Disability. Wherever possible, this panel includes at least one individual with a disability and consists of the chairman and secretary of the University Advisory Panel on Disability and two others nominated by the panel, one of whom is a student representative.

Grants will be made at the discretion of the panel. In the case of matriculated members of the University, grants can be made towards, for example, the cost of equipment for particular needs, the conversion of buildings, the installation of handrails or similar items, or the provision of non-medical support. In the case of candidates for admission to the University, grants can be made for additional interview-related cases, such as the provision of adapted accommodation, transport, communications, and other expenses.

Applications should be made to the Disability Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. Further details and application forms are available from the Disability Office by phone on 01865 (2)80459 and by e-mail (e-mail: disability@admin.ox.ac.uk). Details are also online at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/ disab.uk students applying need to show that where relevant they have applied to their local education authority or graduate funding body for the minimum mandatory allowance. In addition, all students must have explored all alternative sources of funding, e.g. College Hardship Funds etc. Furthermore, in most cases applicants will have to demonstrate that there is a need for funds in addition to those otherwise available. Applicants will not have to prove that they have a disability except where the panel considers it necessary and requires it. However, grants ordinarily will not be made where the disability is only temporary (e.g. a broken arm).

Grants will be made in the form that the panel determines is the most appropriate: whether as a lump sum to cover the needs over a course lasting more than one year, or on an annual basis (subject to the availability of funds), or as a one-off grant for a specific purpose.

Applicants may apply more than once, but except where specifically indicated the making of a grant in one year does not guarantee its availability in future years. Grants may in some cases, however, be made on a recurrent basis in the reasonable expectation of funds being available from the Trust in subsequent years.

Grants will normally be paid directly to applicants who will in all cases have to satisfy the panel that the grant has been used for the purpose for which it was made. If a student prefers it, the University can make payments directly to the supplier of a service such as a weekly note-taker for lectures or a sign-language interpreter.

In most circumstances the panel will encourage an applicant's college to match grants from the Fund.


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