The Yellow Sticker Scheme

The University runs a sticker scheme for students who have an impairment which can affect aspects of their written communication – for example students with specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, autism spectrum conditions or pre-lingual deafness. Eligibility for the scheme is determined by the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS), and eligible students will be issued with a set of yellow stickers.

How students can use stickers

Students can choose to place a yellow sticker on the cover page of any piece of assessed work that they submit in paper form – both coursework and exams.

Students can also indicate to markers that they use yellow stickers when submitting assessments electronically.

The purpose of a yellow sticker

The presence of a yellow sticker should not change how marks are awarded for a piece of work. Its purpose is:

1. To indicate to the marker that the author has a documented disability which can affect aspects of their written communication

2. To encourage the marker to give clear, targeted and constructive feedback which is based on the assignment’s marking criteria

For further guidance on the scheme...

...Staff can refer to the guidance document available as a download below. This document includes instructions on setting up electronic assignments to enable disabled students to indicate that they use yellow stickers at the point of submission in a way which will be easily identifiable to markers. It also provides general information on providing accessible feedback to students.

Yellow stickers: staff guidance (download)

The guidance on the sticker scheme provided to eligible students by DDSS can be viewed on the DDSS student-facing website.

If staff have any questions or comments relating to the scheme, please contact DDSS.