Exams during Covid-19

Tuesday 13th April 2021, 4 – 5pm

Free to attend

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Do you have concerns about how exams & assessments will happen this year? Want to know how to get the right support in place for the style of assessments you will be sitting? Join our Q&A webinar for your opportunity to ask burning questions such as:

What will exams look like this summer?

I think I will have different reasonable adjustments or access needs – what do I do?

How will the assessments compare to what I would be asked to do in a normal year, or those I have sat before?

Will I even be able to sit my exams, or should I defer them?

If you are worried about your upcoming assessments, or want to learn how you can get prepared and motivated, then this event is for you!

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Join Thomas Pocklington Trust Student Support Service and Look UK for a webinar covering all these considerations and more! We want to make sure you are informed and prepared ahead of your summer exams, with everything you need to achieve the amazing grades you deserve!

Our guest panel will be on hand to provide advice and answer your questions about all things Covid-19 and assessments. You can submit your questions early or ask them live, to get the clarity you are looking for. Let’s meet the panellists:

Robyn, Specialist Support Professional for the Visually Impaired (SSPVI) and Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI)

Thomasson Memorial School logoRobyn works with blind and partially sighted students from the beginning of their mainstream school journey, right through to Post-graduate studies at a number of universities. She supports them to reach their potential, by working on everything from research skills and data collection to workload planning and accessibility adaptions. If you have concerns about adjusting to new assessment styles or getting the most out of the support available to you, Robyn is here to help!


Nicky, Deputy Head of Disability Service at the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol)

UWE logoNicky works with students with disabilities applying to and studying at UWE. She guides them through the process of disclosing and describing their disability, communicating their needs to lecturers, and working with the Exams team to organise reasonable adjustments or adaptions. If you are worried about how you will be able to sit your exams and how your support arrangements will be translated to suit assessments during Covid-19, Nicky is here to answer your questions. She can let you know how it works at UWE, and recommend the conversations you need to be having with your university to get ready for your summer assessments.

Jenna, RNIB Legal Rights advice team

RNIB logoJenna works in the Legal Rights team at RNIB. She advises students on a wide range of issues including accessibility, reasonable adjustments and challenging disability discrimination in Further and Higher education. If you want clarity on the support you are entitled to and advice on what to do if you feel you are being treated unfairly by your university, come and talk to Jenna!


Megan, English Literature postgraduate student

A close up photo of Megan, smiling at the camera. She is wearing round glasses and a colourful stripy jumper.“My name is Megan, I’m 22 and I’m currently an English Lit postgrad student. I’m also VI which made exams extra hard – especially the sciences and maths. In high school and Sixth Form, I got incredibly anxious about exams and my grades suffered because of it. Looking back, I wish I could tell myself not to worry so much – it’ll all be okay in the end! My top tip for exams: Talk through your revision! This really helps me remember things and make sense of complicated information. Say it out loud to yourself or explain to someone else.”


Charlotte, Education Studies with Special Educational Needs and Inclusion student

A photo of Charlotte, sitting in a busy restaurant, smiling at the camera. She is wearing black glasses and a black vest top.“I’m Charlotte and I’m currently in my third year at university studying Education Studies with Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. As well as studying, I enjoy taking classes in cheer and dance, as well as being a LOOK mentor and staying connected with friends and family. I think the key to preparing for exams and assignments is organisation. Being organised is so helpful during the assessment period and it can make such a huge difference!”


After our Q&A with the panel, we will be talking to Tiri, who is currently in her fourth year studying Medicine. She will detail how her study experience and life at university has shifted due to Covid-19, how the practical hands-on course has been adapted, and what it has been like to study at one of the institutions at the centre of vaccine research. Come along to learn from her experience and top tips for tackling the toughest assessments, with plenty of motivation to get you ready to take on anything this summer!

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Please note: this event is exclusively open to blind and partially sighted students currently studying in further and higher education. It is free to attend and will be  hosted on Zoom.

If you have any questions  or issues with registration, please contact StudentSupport@pocklington-trust.org.uk

The event will be recorded, and clips may be shared and/or used in promotional material. Our Media policy, Data sharing policy and Code of Conduct are available upon request.


About Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust is a national charity supporting and empowering blind and partially sighted people of all ages to live the life they want to lead.  The Student Support Service works to support blind and partially sighted students into and throughout their time in post-16 education. We offer one-to-one guidance; peer-networking and shared learning for students, their families and professionals; an online bank of resources to provide advice throughout student life; and campaigning and advocacy work on the matters important to students.

Additional details and links to our service:
Email: studentsupport@pocklington-trust.org.uk
Telephone support line: 0203 757 8040
Website: www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/student-support/

About Look UK

LOOK UK offers a tailored peer-mentoring service for visually impaired young people which connects VI students with a VI graduate to offer advice, support and guidance based on their own experiences. Its topical online and offline events for young people, parent/carers and professionals aim to empower our community with information and connection. Events include peer-support groups, youth forums and informative webinars. From these events it creates a catalogue of resources such as podcasts, webinar recordings and accessible documents on a range of topics including assistive tech, remote learning and VI student Q&As.

Additional details and links to our service:
Email: info@look-uk.org
Telephone helpline: 07464 351958
Website: www.look-uk.org

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