Dates for your diary


week commencing...

  • 15 October 2018
  • 14 January 2019
  • 15 April 2019

Executive Committee

  • 17 September 2018
  • 29 October 2018
  • 28 January 2019
  • 29 April 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019

  • June 2019

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Membership benefits and criteria

The Network exists to facilitate communication and encourage and support good practice in the assessment and support of people with disabilities and specific learning difficulties.

Its membership consists of centres that provide assessments for the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) in England and Wales. Centres may be based in institutions such as specialist colleges or HEIs, or independent providers. Centres may provide additional services but must provide DSA assessments.

Benefits of membership include

  • access to support and training including through regional training consortia and the national network;
  • membership of member email forums for managers and their assessors;
  • links with professional colleagues in other groups including the National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP) and the Continuous Improvement Discussion Group (CIDG);
  • ongoing communication with funding bodies including monthly discussion between NNAC representatives and Student Finance England;
  • opportunities for representation and open discussion at national level with stakeholders including funding bodies, for individual centres and through representation on groups such as the Disabled Students' Allowance Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) and NHS Bursaries Stakeholder Group and North and South Wales DSA Forum;
  • opportunities to contribute to formal consultation processes regarding legislation, guidance and procedures both for individual centres and through representation on groups such as the Disabled Students Stakeholder Group (DSSG);
  • representation on task groups with stakeholders (including Assistive Technology, NMH provision etc);
  • opportunities to contribute to the development and implementation of procedures for formal quality assurance of assessors, including the ATIP Competency Framework;
  • opportunities to influence development of services to disabled people in education and employment.

Criteria for membership

  • Membership of the NNAC is open to all centres providing Disabled Students' Allowance assessments that are accredited by DSA-QAG and thus operate in compliance with the criteria in the Quality Assurance Framework.
  • Members are required to adhere to the requirements stated in the Network's Constitution, which includes the payment of fees and attendance at regional meetings and the Annual General Meeting.
  • Members will be required to demonstrate a commitment to quality assurance and improvement through their, and their centre's, engagement with initiatives including assessor registration and training and through the development and maintenance of regional support networks for activities including assessor registration, training and assessment observations for quality assurance.