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Carrie Aimes BA (Hons) Art & Design and English Literature


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 - [...]

Carrie Aimes BA (Hons) Art & Design and English Literature2020-10-18T01:49:39+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 Science2020-10-18T01:49:22+01:00

Hannah Sosna University of Roehampton Film & Photography


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 [...]

Hannah Sosna University of Roehampton Film & Photography2020-10-18T01:52:33+01:00

Elvy Karanja Brunel University Psychology


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 [...]

Elvy Karanja Brunel University Psychology2020-09-30T18:55:37+01:00

Tanvi Vyas Brunel University Law Degree


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 [...]

Tanvi Vyas Brunel University Law Degree2020-10-18T01:53:16+01:00

Georgia Vine Occupational Therapy


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 [...]

Georgia Vine Occupational Therapy2020-10-05T18:31:27+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 Computing2020-10-18T01:34:39+01:00

Olu Fadipe’s University Experience


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’s University Experience2020-09-30T18:27:07+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 Management2020-10-05T18:25:58+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 Journalism2020-10-05T18:16:03+01:00
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