My name is Ross Hovey and I graduated in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, around 20 miles from home. A combination of being very ill during sixth form and my own preference for personal care provided by family meant studying locally was the easiest option. I attend a college for 2 years which then allowed me to upgrade my HND to a degree – so in reality I only went to University for 18months. “I realised that the benefit of studying locally and having no debt [...]
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My name is James Clowes, 26 and I have the disability Athetoid Cerebral Palsy. I am a very creative person and always knew that I wanted to study a creative subject at University. I am also a Boccia player and currently part of the England Performance Group, so also wanting a University that would not only support me creatively but sportingly as well. I am a very driven person and I do not let things stop me in whatever I want to achieve in my life. I am writing this to share with you my University journey and an insight [...]
Jo takes us through her journey as a disabled student attending university I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2009 (and I still cannot believe how fast time has passed) complete with hearing aids and a wheelchair. Thanks to a University with a formidable and very efficient Disability Services team, I managed 5 years in Glasgow (and Aix en Provence) unscathed. "thanks to generations of disabled students and access advisers making a noise, access for wheelchairs is generally not a problem" The Scottish university system means that you can [...]
Carrie writes about her experience as a disabled student going to a university My name is Carrie Aimes and I graduated in 2011 with a BA (Hons) Art & Design and English Literature. During my studies, I chose to commute from home, rather than accessing university accommodation, as this was easier for me. Though ideally, I would have preferred to study elsewhere, I attended my local university, situated only an hour away. This was a practical decision based on my personal care needs. “I utilised my note-taking assistants in other ways - mainly as baggage carriers - [...]
Johnathan writes about his experience as a disabled student going to the University of East Anglia Learning new things and experiencing things that I had not beforehand. Such as travelling to South Africa. For a long time, I wanted to focus on a career path that I was passionate about, for myself that was animals and conservation. It took me four years to complete my degree due to poor health. But in those four years, I learned so much, I was offered so many experiences that I would never have been able to do if it wasn’t for my course. [...]
Hello, I have Muscular Dystrophy. I graduated from Roehampton University with a 2:1 degree in Film and Photography in 2016. “At the very start of university, I was given an interview with the disability team to work out what equipment I might need” Disability wise the campus was really accessible for me. There was even a disability society for students with disabilities to come together and get to know each other. That was a lot of fun! At the very start of university, I was given an interview with the disability [...]
One amazing skill we disabled people often acquire due to the lack of accessibility imposed on us is the ability to plan, plan and plan! Because of having muscular dystrophy this was definitely the case with me when it came to deciding which university would be best for my needs. By the time I’d made my choices I could quite confidently call myself a professional university open day attendee (if that’s a thing). From Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Birmingham and London, there I was, an eager A-Level student examining every aspect of student life. Eventually, I had a pretty clear picture [...]
I embarked on my adventure into higher education in the mid 2000’s- which explains a lot of my slightly convoluted journey! The Disability Discrimination Act which applied at the time- didn’t apply to universities until 2005 which I believe is why I had a slightly dodgy start but a very happy ending. I graduated with my Law degree from Brunel University in 2009 but I initially went to study Law at Cardiff University. There was nothing wrong with Cardiff- I actually met some incredible humans- some of whom I actually work closely with now! But I felt the experience was [...]
I’m Georgia, I have cerebral palsy and I’ve just finished my second year at Sheffield Hallam University studying occupational therapy. Living with a disability challenges most aspects of my life including my studies. I don’t mind these extra challenges, it’s part of life with a disability. Working as a team with my university, and student support we have and continue to deal with challenges in an efficient way. “don’t be afraid to speak up because it will make life at university so much easier” Due to my disability I have a lot of physical difficulties so I knew that [...]
My experience of studying Computing at Arden University has been pretty unique up to this point, largely because I am what’s known as a Distance Learner. This means I don’t actually attend campus to do my studies, and instead, I do all my course studies through an online portal. One of the things I love about this is that it means I can conduct my studies from anywhere in the world that I have an internet connection! “I am the first student ever from my former college (Treloar and Alton College) to go on to [...]