- Supervisors & managers
- Premia - making research education accessible
- Supervising disabled researchers - Premia
- Making the viva accessible
- Making adjustments - case studies
- Case study 8: Jiro
Case study 8: Jiro
Jiro has multiple disabilities and is a wheelchair user. He experiences high levels of pain and fatigue.
The viva can last several hours. The length of the examination could have a negative effect on Jiro's pain level and consequently on his concentration.
The supervisor and disability adviser discuss the issues with Jiro. He is looking forward to the viva, but is concerned that he will not be able to sustain concentration over 2 to 3 hours. His pain levels are greatest in the afternoon so his viva is arranged for a morning in an accessible venue (on the ground floor in a building near reserved parking spaces and with an accessible toilet on the same floor). Clear instructions on the venue are sent out to Jiro two weeks before the viva. Breaks of 15 minutes each hour are organised so that Jiro can rest and he is given permission by the chair to request additional breaks if they are necessary.
The examiners and the chair of the panel agree to these adjustments and feel able to be rigorous in their questioning.