Fife College

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Study support for disabled students across the college, introducing student to a range of assistive hardware and software to support independent learning.

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Centre Address

Pittsburgh Road, Dunfermline, Fife KY11 8DY, United Kingdom

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Karten Centre Manager

Jonathan Staal

Contact Details


01383 845189


Host Organisation

Fife College

Host Organisation Address

Pittsburgh Road, Dunfermline, FIFE, KY11 8DY

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

January 2011


Principally full-time enrolled college students. Needs range from those with an SPLD, principally dyslexia, to students with profound and multiple learning support needs.


None - 10,213 - 82.1%
Multiple - 674 - 5.4%
Other impairment not listed - 205 - 1.6%
Mental health condition - 430 - 3.5%
Specific learning disability - 71 - 0.6%
Specific Learning Difficulty - 523 - 4.2%
Blind or physical impairment - 15 - 0.1%
Physical impairment or mobility issue - 42 - 0.3%
Long Standing Illness - 135 - 1.1%
Social or communication impairment - 84 - 0.7%
Deaf or hearing impairment - 31 - 0.2%
Personal care support - 13 - 0.1%
Total: 12,436

Technology used in the Karten Centre

  • PCs
  • Laptops
  • Range of keyboards
  • Range of mice
  • Range of chairs

Assistive Technology

  • iPads
  • Livescribe pens
  • Digital recorders
  • Texthelp
  • MindGenius
  • Access Apps memory sticks
  • Range of Android / iOS apps.

Karten Centre Staff

1 Lead Advisor - day-to-day management of the centre.
4 Learning Inclusion Facilitators - assessing students' support needs and monitoring their progress.
28 Inclusion Assistants - providing direct study support in the centre and/or in class.

Karten Centre Hours

Weekdays, 9am-5pm.

Services offered to the Network

Sharing of good practice / case studies relating to use of assistive technology in the classroom and to support independent study.


We currently do not have any active partnership projects but the Student Support Services department works closely with the council's education department and a range of local agencies to support students' transition into college, through their course and on to their next destination.