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Sophia Davis Healthcare with Health Science Open University


My experience of university as a disabled person was not too bad, even though there could have been areas of improvement. I do think it helped that I was studying through “The Open University”, the fact that I was able to study from home and not have to travel made it more possible to study, therefore more accessible. I struggle with travel as a result of my disability and multiple health conditions. “They were particularly good from the start to make me feel included and to try and make my study as accessible as possible.” [...]

Sophia Davis Healthcare with Health Science Open University2021-05-01T09:29:02+01:00

Jas Taylor MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture BA (Hons) French Studies University of Manchester


Attending university has been a truly character-defining experience for me, particularly in regard to my disability. When I first accepted my offer to attend the University of Manchester, I was nervous but incredibly excited. My college helped me to arrange a DSA assessment and I was positively surprised by how willing they were to accommodate my mental health issues. Unfortunately, I was soon to be disillusioned: I found the transition from home to university was a shock to my system for which I had very little support, and the workload soon began to pile on. Nonetheless, I found the course [...]

Jas Taylor MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture BA (Hons) French Studies University of Manchester2021-05-01T09:00:07+01:00

Phoebe Scoulding Education Studies University of Bedfordshire


I am a final year student on the Education Studies degree at the University of Bedfordshire. A year after I started my degree, I had to defer my studies for two years because I became very unwell. I was eventually diagnosed with a heart condition called Cardiomyopathy (I previously underwent open heart surgery aged 4) and a low blood pressure. I could not have asked for a better response from my lecturers who sent me lovely emails to send me their well wishes whilst I was away. I was told that my health was very [...]

Phoebe Scoulding Education Studies University of Bedfordshire2021-05-01T08:57:20+01:00

Pippa Stacey University of York Psychology in Education


MyPlus Students Piece   Pippa Stacey is a writer and blogger based in Yorkshire. She studied BSc Psychology in Education at the University of York and acquired her chronic illness during the first year of her studies. As a graduate, Pippa now works in online communications in the charity sector, as well as freelance writing, and blogs in a personal capacity at Life Of Pippa. During my first year of university, I was your typical student: studying hard, partying harder, travelling the country with various sports teams and for dance competitions, volunteering, and working towards an honours degree. By [...]

Pippa Stacey University of York Psychology in Education2021-05-01T08:48:59+01:00

Ross Hovey Business Studies Anglia Ruskin University


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 [...]

Ross Hovey Business Studies Anglia Ruskin University2021-05-01T08:50:29+01:00

Johnathon Byrne University of East Anglia BSc in Animal Science


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. [...]

Johnathon Byrne University of East Anglia BSc in Animal Science2021-04-30T18:43:27+01:00

Ryan Warner Arden University Computing


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 [...]

Ryan Warner Arden University Computing2021-05-01T09:02:48+01:00

Olu Fadipe Solent University


Olu University Experience My name is Olu Fadipe, and I want to share my university experience. I started Solent University in September 2015 and I graduated in July 2019 with a 2:1. I would argue your time at university is when you grow the most as a person, I often look back at how I was when I first started and the person I have now become. One of the things about university is that most students (disabled and non-disabled) are all thrown in the deep end, it is like chucking [...]

Olu Fadipe Solent University2021-05-01T09:05:18+01:00

Becky McManus Cranfield University Airport Planning and Management


I am Becky, I’m currently doing a master’s degree in Airport Planning and Management at Cranfield University, near Milton Keynes. Before that, I studied Air Transport and Logistics Management for my bachelors in Huddersfield (including six months studying abroad in the Netherlands). Before I found my calling in the aviation industry, I attempted to get a chemistry degree from Bristol University, but dropped out after 18 months. “I was the first student they had that used a wheelchair, so I had to tell the university what adjustments I needed in order to allow me to [...]

Becky McManus Cranfield University Airport Planning and Management2021-05-01T09:07:27+01:00

Jordan Wood Solent University Sports Journalism


My name is Jordan Wood and I have an undiagnosed genetic condition, which affects my mobility and communication skills. My interests are all about sports, music, video games and just hanging out. I believe I am a strong-minded person knowing what I want, and I don’t let my disability hinder my desire to achieve my life 's goals. I am writing this blog to introduce myself, my journey through university and how I know that my writing will affect and inspire people with disabilities or not to accomplish goals when your mind, commitment, energy and dedication are attainable. I have [...]

Jordan Wood Solent University Sports Journalism2021-05-01T09:30:04+01:00
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