Universities can do more to support their disabled students

More students with a disability are going to university than ever before, but we need greater progress to level the playing field, The Guardian is reporting. 

Going to university is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. Thanks to successive reforms under this government, including a generous student finance system and the abolition of student number controls, anyone who aspires to a higher education can achieve it.

New figures show 94,120 new students with a disability enrolled at university in England in 2017/18 – that’s up by more than 6,000 on the previous academic year and by some 26,000 since 2013/14. This is an achievement of which we can rightly be proud.

As part of the government’s commitment to bringing down barriers to access, students with a disability can already access Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). These are grants to help students with any extra costs they may incur as a direct result of their disability. Students can use DSAs to cover the costs of specialist equipment, personal support, non-medical helpers or travel costs.

The new regulator for higher education in England, the Office for Students (OfS), has also found that students in receipt of DSAs are not only more likely to continue on their university course than disabled students not receiving the allowances, but also more likely to complete their degree than students not registered with a disability.

Read more here Universities can do more to support their disabled students

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