University Challenge - Evidence
Stats in the area
- One in four universities don't have rooms for hired carers, forcing disabled students to live at home rather than with their fellow students.
- 50% of university inter-campus transport is inaccessible to disabled students.
- A quarter of universities in the East of England do not have good links with local care agencies and support services.
- The Clearing System disadvantages disabled students as it leaves less than a month to choose a preferred course and university as well as look at access, accommodation and care packages.
- 25% of universities in the East of England do not run a disability equality scheme.
- Only a quarter of all the universities have entirely accessible teaching and study rooms.
Nearly 50% of universities do not provide a freshers' guide to the university for disabled students.
David Layton, a graduate of University College Suffolk
I did my degree at University College Suffolk in Lowestoft studying Graphic Design and the staff where very good and very helpful. It is also suitable for wheelchairs with lifts etc
It's important to know how adaptable the staff are when it comes to the timetable as when I was doing my degree I could not start until 11am due to the fact I had to clear my chest and my course leader moved the lectures and timetable around to enable me to attend.
Most universities and colleges do not set up accessible transport between univerity campus and it's up to you to go to the DSA when applying for your loan. They will help with support, transport and extra equipment you may need due to being disabled.