The ADSHE Executive committee have been reviewing our strategy and programme of events due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which we continue to monitor and follow advice from Public Health England. It is with regret that we have decided to postpone this year’s Annual Conference in June and CPD Day South in September.

However, we have recently launched a selection of Online CPD opportunities, with access to courses and ADSHE Accredited CPD: Also, some Regional Group meetings will be delivered online, which will be open to members from any region to join. In addition, we are looking forward to launching a re-vamped programme of events in 2021, as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please be advised of the latest updates from Government bodies and other stakeholders;

Government advice:




Northern Ireland

Government guidance for educational settings:




Northern Ireland


Disabled Students’ Commission (DSC) report: Three Months To Make A Difference

DSC student handbook: Considerations for disabled students when applying to university in light of Covid-19

Association of Non-Medical Help Providers: report into the impact of Covid-19 on DSA provision

Student Loans Company: DSA frequently asked questions v5  – 19.08.20

SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC):

statement regarding conducting online diagnostic assessments – 31.03.20

physical distancing and diagnostic reports – 05.20

guidance on face-to-face assessments under easing of lockdown – 18.05.20

Evaluations of Need by Remote Video Platform – 06.20

Universities UK: COVID-19 information for universities

Department for Education: COVID-19 and Education advice line: 0800 046 8687 or email


Working from home:

Clear Talents have produced a Working from Home booklet, which also details how to set up your home workspace effectively

ACAS have produced a detailed Homeworking guide for employers and employees


Health and general advice:

NHS advice  for everyone

Mental Health UK has lots of information about managing mental health 

Calm is offering lots of free information, advice and exercises through its website and app

Office for Students have published a briefing note about supporting students with mental health issues

BBC News website

Channel 4 News website

You Tube video of the US Surgeon General, showing how to make a basic face covering

BBC website instructions on how to make basic and more complex face coverings

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