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This page is for any student who has a disability or self-identifies as a disabled person or a person with a disability. This includes those with hidden disabilities like Crohn’s, neurodivergent conditions such as autism, and mental health conditions.

We aim to encourage all our disabled students to use our resources to come together and bring positive change to disabled students' University experiences and life beyond University.

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Discover useful resources, support and how to get involved below.

  • In the UK, 19% of working age adults identify as disabled, yet disabled people are almost half as likely to have an undergraduate degree than non-disabled people (Office for Students, 2021)
  • A rise in disabled students in HE: In 2021, 83,220 disabled students applied to HE – a record high – with 80% getting a place at university or college. The 105% increase in students sharing an impairment or condition means disabled students now represent 14% of all HE applicants in the UK, compared to just 7% in 2012 (UCAS, 2022)
  • Mental Health conditions: Significant increase in students reporting a mental health condition, as the number more than doubled between 2014/15 and 2018/19, as well as an increase of 90% in students reporting a social communication or autism spectrum disorder in the same time period.
  • Also, there was an increase of 62% in that time period of students disclosing more than one condition or impairment.
  • There are a number of possible reasons for these increases, including an increase in diagnosis in the general population and willingness of students to disclose, as well as efforts to increase access to higher education by those in traditionally underrepresented or marginalised groups. (Arriving at Thriving, 2020
  • Discrimination and Harassment: According to NUS (National Union of Students) in 2011, 43% of disabled students reported altering their behaviour, personal appearance, or daily patterns to avoid hate incidents. This often meant going out less, which in some cases led to respondents becoming socially withdrawn and isolated. Some tried to conceal their impairment, sometimes to the extent of causing themselves pain.
  • Cuts to Financial Support: The Disabled Students Allowance is currently available to students in the United Kingdom who have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficult. Government cuts to the DSA (Disabled Students Allowance) jeopardise disabled students’ access and success in higher education.
  • Costs associated with accessibility: this can surround cost of accessible accommodation; medical prescriptions; the £200 charge for DSA equipment; the cost of medical evidence required for needs assessments or mitigating circumstances forms (Hepi, 2020)
  • Living and social experiences: 26% of respondents to a new report on disabled students in HE called “Arriving at Thriving” stated that they always or often feel excluded from social activities, societies and clubs because of a lack of disability awareness. (Hepi, 2020) Hopefully, we can bridge that gap with our Disability Student Community meet ups and societies paving the way in disability awareness and support.
  • In Parliament’s Invisible Disabilities in Education and Employment Briefing, it is estimated that 70-80% of disabilities are invisible. (2023)
  • Disabled students are twice as likely to identify as LGBTQ+ (UCAS, 2022)

There are many different societies you can get involved with, such as the below and many more in our Sharing Activity category:

Disability Society help raise awareness and create an inclusive community where students who face barriers due to a variety of long-term illnesses and conditions can meet, socialise and promote accessibility in academia. There is no such thing as "not disabled enough"!

Mental Health and Wellbeing Society work towards de-stigmatising and educating others about all Mental Health conditions, while also raising awareness in the local area and fundraising for charities.

British Sign Language Society aim to help the development of BSL skills for those interested in learning. Everyone from beginner-level to advanced is welcome to join in.

Every year we celebrate Disability History Month, as part of our wider More Than a Month campaign. Celebrating the history of the disability rights movement, commemorating the achievements of disabled people in society. This month is to highlight the importance of disability history and how we can learn from the past to improve the representation of disabilities within our society.

Disabled student-led and focussed campaign wins include

  • Educational Psychologist Assessments – Guild campaign work has fought for the University to fund the full cost of these assessments, which are required for accessing support for diagnosed conditions such as Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyspraxia & Dyscalculia. The Officers have also worked for the uni to pay these costs upfront, and better publicise the support on offer for disabled students.
  • Prioritising Mental Health – Officers have done extensive work on improving vital mental health services at the University. Wins include reducing waiting list times, an increase in counselling staff and upskilling staff with further training.

1. The A Word

2. Special

3. Silent Witness

4. Sex Education

5. One Day at a Time

6. The Society

7. No Offence

8. The Politician

9. The Last Leg

10. Maniac

11. Deaf U

12. Love on the Spectrum

13. Breaking Bad

14. Line of Duty

15. Speechless

1. Alex Brooker: Disability + Me


2. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

3. Ray

4. The Peanut Butter Falcon

5. Still Alice

6. Take His Legs

7. The Fundamentals of Caring

8. The Theory of Everything

9. A Beautiful Mind

10. Daredevil

11. A Quiet Place – Part 1 + 2

12. My Left Foot

1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

4. The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones

5. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

6. I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves by Ryan O’Connell


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