University Challenge - Evidence
Stats in the area
- The universities of the East Midlands scored an average of 75% positive answers in our university Challenge Survey
- Nearly a third of universities in the East Midlands don't have rooms for hired carers, forcing disabled students to live at home rather than with their fellow students
- A third of all university teaching rooms, study rooms and libraries are not fully accessible to students with a disability.
One in ten universities in the East Midlands do not have accessible accommodation, cooking and dining facilities that are fully integrated into mainstream university life.
Jon Hollowell, a graduate of Northanpton University
When I chose to go to university, I was determined to take a very "independent" approach.
Once I had received my formal offer, I was contacted by the access team at the uni to arrange an assessment regarding the DSA. The staff at the university made this process very simple, and everything had been tied up before I even received my A-level results.
Whenever I had to visit the disability support team, I found them most approachable. If they couldn't give me an answer instantly, they often found out and contacted me with the information the same day. I also found the examinations officers very helpful. During the first few weeks of uni, I contacted the examinations office to arrange my special requirements for the summer exams. While I had to arrange the requirements with tutors myself, this was no real hardship.
If you can learn how to cope you'll find your experiences at uni are some of the best times of your life. I have now finished my final year and graduated, and can honestly say there is nothing I would have changed.