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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 University*2021-03-05T14:01:43+00:00

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 Manchester2021-02-18T13:17:12+00:00

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 Bedfordshire2021-02-09T20:08:18+00:00

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 Education2020-10-24T18:04:14+01:00

Dom Hyams Warwick University Management (Business) Studies


A brave new world of independence. Heading to University is a daunting experience for most students, but as someone that required essentially a great deal of assistance going about my daily life - heading to University was going to be completely life-changing, one that would see me not only living away from home for the first time but also away from those family and friends that acted as my safety blanket - helping me have an independent life. I was off to Warwick University to embark on a degree in Management (business) Studies - and I was all too aware [...]

Dom Hyams Warwick University Management (Business) Studies2020-10-22T13:17:38+01:00

Jack Poulton Sports Studies University of Bedfordshire


Hello everyone, I am Jack, and I have Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. I use crutches and a wheelchair to manage my mobility. I have attended mainstream education at every stage of my academic journey. A little about me, I have always enjoyed sports and I mean all sports rugby, tennis, and boxing. My main passion is football. I am a massive Arsenal fan. I played Boccia at school, getting to the national finals in Nottingham, when I was in year ten. I love rock music. I love video games, when I get the opportunity to play them. I enjoy spreading [...]

Jack Poulton Sports Studies University of Bedfordshire2020-10-15T16:45:48+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 University2020-10-05T18:38:33+01:00

James Clowes Solent University Graphic Design & Visual communication


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 [...]

James Clowes Solent University Graphic Design & Visual communication2020-10-11T20:33:00+01:00

Jo Barber University of Glasgow


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 [...]

Jo Barber University of Glasgow2020-10-13T17:32:28+01:00
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