MAP Academic Advisors
Every student’s academic journey is different.
Some students may feel less in control of their academic work or feel that they are not performing to their academic ability as result of a disability, an illness, a mental health issue or a specific learning difficulty there. For some students, their personal circumstances may be having a negative impact. In order to ensure that students are supported as effectively as possible all academic departments have appointed a lecturer as a MAP Academic Advisor. These advisors have a clearly defined role to assist students supported by MAP with academic course-related queries and concerns.
Academic issues that might arise can include:
- Difficulties accessing the curriculum
Students with disabilities may have concerns about:
- examination supports for in course assessments.
- taking good notes in lectures
- keeping up with the course content.
Students may only experience difficulties at particular times during their academic journey and therefore may only require short term or very specific supports. For some students however these issues can become overwhelming and can threaten not only their academic participation but perhaps even their retention on their course. The important thing is that students know that there is an academic contact within each Department who can offer academic guidance and support when needed.
MAP Academic Advisors can ensure that students don’t need to talk with all of their lecturers about an issue, as they can offer a coordinated point of access and support. Often the academic issue can be easily resolved within the department. Sometimes the MAP Academic Advisor will refer a student to other supports within the University or back to MAP. Sometimes there may be indicators of an underlying specific learning difficulty (SLD) such as dyslexia and the student may wish to avail of SLD screening.