Reporter 418, 6 April 1998


Dyslexic students receive £75,000 multimedia boost

An innovative multimedia course to enable dyslexic and visually impaired students to compete on a level playing field is to be established at the University’s Environment Centre. The move has been made possible by an award of £75,000 from BT’s Community Partnership Programme.

Chosen from more than 80 applications, Leeds was one of six universities to share a total of £500,000 awarded by BT to projects which make innovative use of new technology.

The Leeds project will adapt the multimedia environment foundation course, which uses Internet-based support services, to help visually impaired and dyslexic students study at no disadvantage. The course will be tailored to their specific needs, following consultation with both the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Dyslexia Institute.

Dr Sally Macgill, Principal Research Scientist at the Leeds Environment Centre, said the project will demonstrate effective multimedia learning provision for disabled students.

The award was welcomed by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Chapman, who said: “The project is of particular importance to the University in our move to encourage greater use of IT-assisted teaching and learning to provide more flexible and student-centred learning opportunities for all our students.”

Presenting the awards, Education and Employment Minister Baroness Blackstone praised BT’s support for universities: “The scheme stresses the importance of building partnerships between industry and higher education which forge an understanding of business’ skill needs.”

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