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Have any of you found through your studies that you needed additional equipment (ie, after the initial lot of equipment supplied following assessment) and had it funded by DSA?
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Have any of you found through your studies that you needed additional equipment (ie, after the initial lot of equipment supplied following assessment) and had it funded by DSA?
Not personally. What particularly were you thinking of if it's something you're currently facing?
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Not equipment, but I had a specialist mental health mentor added on in my second year due to my mental health issues getting completely out of hand.
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Not personally. What particularly were you thinking of if it's something you're currently facing?
I want to know if it's something that can be done/has been done. My assessment recommended some useless/inappropriate software, but I was given no other choice. The software was eventually supplied near the end of last term. It was suggested to me that I ask my assessor about a specific bit of software that would actually be useful to me, so I did (around mid-November?). Long story short, SFE send me a revised award document based on my assessor issuing a new tender for all the spec'd equipment (swapping the inappropriate software for the more appropriate one), which was unexpected. I queried it because I had already received the original order, so SFE sent a query back to the assessor. That was then followed up by an email saying I can't have the useful software because the original order had already been fulfilled.

This all seems at odds with what the DSA letter says about 'if you need additional equipment', which seems to suggest that changes can be made throughout your studies, through the assessor.
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I want to know if it's something that can be done/has been done. My assessment recommended some useless/inappropriate software, but I was given no other choice. The software was eventually supplied near the end of last term. It was suggested to me that I ask my assessor about a specific bit of software that would actually be useful to me, so I did (around mid-November?). Long story short, SFE send me a revised award document based on my assessor issuing a new tender for all the spec'd equipment (swapping the inappropriate software for the more appropriate one), which was unexpected. I queried it because I had already received the original order, so SFE sent a query back to the assessor. That was then followed up by an email saying I can't have the useful software because the original order had already been fulfilled.

This all seems at odds with what the DSA letter says about 'if you need additional equipment', which seems to suggest that changes can be made throughout your studies, through the assessor.
That's strange. Additional equipment surely means extra things added to what the assessor already sees as the things you need. Whereas in your case it seems that things are just being swapped around. I'd have left things at when you got the second award document, since that's the equipment you wanted. I'm not sure that anything can be done to be honest.
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