Podcast: Exams during Covid-19

Do you have concerns about how exams and 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?

Listen to our podcast to get answers to important 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?

Hosted by Thomas Pocklington Trust and Look UK, we discussed  all things exam preparation with a specific focus on how things may look a little different this year and beyond due to Covid-19.


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We were joined by a varied and dedicated panel of guests including:

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. During the podcast she provides advice on adjusting to new assessment styles and getting the most out of the support available.


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. In the podcast, Nicky addresses worries about how you will be able to sit your exams and how your support arrangements will be translated to suit assessments during Covid-19. She describes how it works at UWE, and recommends 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. In the podcast, she goes into detail to provide clarity on the rights and support you are entitled to, with advice on what to do if these are not made available to you.


We were also joined by Charlotte and Tiri, two current students who have experienced learning in both a typical face-to-face on-campus university format and the shift to online learning. They describe how their support and learning techniques have changed, as well as how assessments and practical elements of their courses have been adapted.


Look UK logoLOOK UK is a small national charity supporting visually impaired young people and their families to thrive through peer mentoring projects and transformational events.


They have been providing online events and resources through the pandemic, including our VI Students guide. The free Student Mentoring service partners visually impaired young people heading into higher education, or thinking about doing so, with a mentor who is a visually impaired student or graduate to guide you through the highs, lows and everything in between of VI student life.

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