Cosmo Life: Student Experience Blogs2021-05-07T14:50:44+01:00

This is our blog page for you to tell us about your experience at
University as a disabled student – past or present.
We really want to hear about it!

Just a few guidelines.

No more than 500 words
Course studied
University name
Of course a picture of you.

Most of all – keep it clean, we will proof read it!!!

Sophia Davis Healthcare with Health Science Open University

By |March 5th, 2021|Categories: Cosmo Life|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

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

By |February 18th, 2021|Categories: Cosmo Life|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Phoebe Scoulding Education Studies University of Bedfordshire

By |February 8th, 2021|Categories: Cosmo Life, Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

Pippa Stacey University of York Psychology in Education

By |October 24th, 2020|Categories: Cosmo Life, CosmoLife, Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Dom Hyams Warwick University Management (Business) Studies

By |October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Jack Poulton Sports Studies University of Bedfordshire

By |October 13th, 2020|Categories: Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Ross Hovey Business Studies Anglia Ruskin University

By |September 18th, 2020|Categories: Cosmo Life, Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

James Clowes Solent University Graphic Design & Visual communication

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Jo Barber University of Glasgow

By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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

By |September 9th, 2020|Categories: Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Johnathon Byrne University of East Anglia BSc in Animal Science

By |September 8th, 2020|Categories: Cosmo Life, CosmoLife, Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Hannah Sosna University of Roehampton Film & Photography

By |September 8th, 2020|Categories: Cosmopolitan Care, University News|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Elvy Karanja Brunel University Psychology

By |September 6th, 2020|Categories: Cosmopolitan Care, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Tanvi Vyas Brunel University Law Degree

By |August 10th, 2020|Categories: Cosmopolitan Care, University News|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Georgia Vine Occupational Therapy Sheffield Hallam

By |July 27th, 2020|Categories: Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Ryan Warner Arden University Computing

By |July 20th, 2020|Categories: Cosmo Life|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Olu Fadipe Solent University

By |July 17th, 2020|Categories: Cosmo Life, Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Becky McManus Cranfield University Airport Planning and Management

By |July 17th, 2020|Categories: Cosmo Life, Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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. [...]

Jordan Wood Solent University Sports Journalism

By |July 17th, 2020|Categories: Cosmo Life, Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Chloe Tear Psychology and Child Development Leeds Trinity University

By |July 17th, 2020|Categories: Cosmo Life, Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

My name is Chloe Tear, I graduated from Leeds Trinity University in 2019 with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology and Child Development. I have mild cerebral palsy and during my time at university I lost a large proportion of my sight. Alongside my studies I continued being a freelance writer and public speaker. I chose a small campus university and lived on-site during my first and third year. [...]

Joel Pitman Film Production BA, Film and Television MA University of Portsmouth

By |July 17th, 2020|Categories: Cosmo Life, Cosmopolitan Care|Tags: , , , , , |

University Experience I attended the University of Portsmouth from 2015-2018, studying Film Production, and then went on to do an MA in Film and Television from 2018-19. Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to go to university. Even as a child, I became aware that my disability set me apart from society, for all the wrong reasons. And this drove me to prove to society, and [...]

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