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

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) Studies2021-05-01T08:49:40+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 communication2021-05-01T09:18:20+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 Psychology2021-04-30T19:09:45+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 Degree2021-05-01T08:51:39+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

Chloe Tear Psychology and Child Development Leeds Trinity University


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. Despite several nights out, drinking games and late nights, I’m not going to pretend I was your average student. My course was enjoyable, but due to my disabilities it did take [...]

Chloe Tear Psychology and Child Development Leeds Trinity University2021-05-01T09:18:39+01:00
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