The University of Malta (UM) is proud to welcome all persons who have access requirements because of an impairment/medical condition/specific learning difficulties. Persons with access requirements may be students who satisfy the entry requirements of the UM and wish to continue their education at tertiary level as well as members of staff who require support during their working time on campus thus ensuring an inclusive community. The UM is intent on providing reasonable accommodation in order to enable students to choose and follow the course they would like to take up. The UM facilitates students’ and staff members’ participation in all activities throughout the time they spend on campus.
In order to ensure that the UM’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment is implemented in practice, work related to access within UM is mainly carried out by the ACCESS – Disability Support Committee (ADSC) and its administrative arm, the ACCESS – Disability Support Unit (ADSU).
The ADSU is the operational arm of the ADSC and it is also part of the UM Health and Wellness Centre. It is headed by an academic and the staff within fulfill various roles. They:
- provide support to students, staff and visitors with disability
- process applications for course and examination access arrangements at JC and UM
- process applications for examinations access arrangements for the Matriculation and Secondary Education Certificate (MATSEC) Examinations
- guide students at JC and UM regarding the various types of support they can obtain during their course of studies
- liaise with academic, administrative and technical staff about matters related to access issues
- liaise with the relevant professionals and other stakeholders
- form part of the working groups appointed by the ADSC, including those set to decide about the access arrangements to be given to each student on a case-by-case basis
- coordinate the necessary resources for the implementation of the decisions made by the ADSC.