The Student Inclusion Team are committed to supporting specific groups of students, this includes Students who have disabilities or additional needs, Care experienced and Estranged Students, Mature Students, LGBTQ+ Students, Student Parents and Students from underrepresented groups. The Student Inclusion Team are here to support all Students so that you can remain engaged throughout your studies and reach your potential 
Regardless of your personal circumstances or personal characteristics, you're part of an inclusive and supported community. 
Care Leavers and Estranged Students 
 We are committed to supporting students who come from a care background and students without the support of a family network.  If you’re estranged or a care leaver, we’ll provide you with a package of support that’ll help you throughout your time at university. We understand that there may be complex challenges that you may be facing which may be different from other students. 
We’ll support you with: 
Dedicated Advice 
There are many complex challenges that we as a university recognise you may be facing which may be different from other students. Commencing a course at university is both an exciting and stimulating experience but can also be a time of anxiety and confusion. We can offer ongoing support and impartial advice and can signpost you to other University and external support services to meet your needs during this time. 
Disability support  
Our Student Inclusion Advisors will be able to talk through support available based on your personal circumstances and needs and may include putting into place reasonable adjustments.  
What support is available? 
Examples of support 
  • Specialist support dependent on your specific needs e.g. Deaf or have a hearing impairment, blind or have a visual impairment, autistic spectrum, mental health difficulties 
  • Specialist equipment 
  • Specialist software 
These are examples and support will be dependent on your individual need as identified in your DSA needs assessment. We want to work with you to organise and deliver your support. 

Learning Support Statements (LSS) 
A LSS is a document that details reasonable adjustments that will reduce barriers that you may face because of a disability, additional need or other barriers that affect your studies. For more information about LSS’ and other support available please visit https://www.staffs.ac.uk/students/support/student-inclusion-team/disability-support  

Mature Students and Student Parents  
The first thing to understand is that you are not alone – far from it. Nearly half our students are aged over 21 and, like most universities, we value our mature students for the enthusiasm and experience they bring. We recognise that you may face different pressures than many other students, such as school leavers. You may have different financial and family circumstances, especially if you are a student parent. 
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LGBTQ+ Students  
The Student Inclusion Team are here to provide advice, support, and guidance to ensure that you feel able to be your authentic self.  
The LGBTQ+ Network (this is managed by students through the Students’ Union)  provides support for all LGBTQ+ students. If you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, part of the +, or if you are experiencing doubts or challenges regarding your orientation and or gender identity, you can speak to someone in the LGBTQ+ Network. 
 
How to contact us 
Book appointments with a Student Inclusion Advisor via booking form.  Appointments via Microsoft Teams, Telephone or in person if asked to come to campus 
Email: student-inclusion@staffs.ac.uk   (response time of 5 working days) 
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