disability

Rising trend of state school pupils going to university reverses | Education

The proportion of British state school pupils going to university has fallen for the first time in eight years, according to official figures, with the lowest-performing 15 UK institutions taking less than 70% of their first-year undergraduates from state schools. The data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency for the 2017-18 academic year showed that state-educated British students accounted for 89.8% of young entrants overall, below the previous year’s figure of 90%. For universities it marked the first reversal in…

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Universities offer disability support, but finding it is another matter | Education

Driving to university for the first time, I felt prepared. I’d packed a doorstop (to help my social life) and secondhand legal textbooks (books are timeless, laws don’t change). I was ready to start a new part of my life. I met my flatmates, found my lecture hall and everything started to feel like home. Cut to the morning of my first exam and I could barely stand without fainting, weak from sleep deprivation and 10 hours of vomiting. I…

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I couldn’t have gone to university without support for my disability | Caroline Butterwick | Education

Just two in five disabled students at university know that there is targeted funding available for them before starting their course, according to a recent government survey. This is worrying news: Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) provide vital support for many disabled students, by contributing to costs such as computer equipment or non-medical helpers support. As a visually impaired person with a mental health condition, I know how important they are first-hand. If I had faced studying without my DSAs, I…

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25 more real-world examples of Virtual Reality – Education Article

A couple of years ago I started up Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week to promote real-world applications of virtual reality. The inaugural #VRwolweek unearthed 20 real-world examples of the emerging technology, and the enduring popularity of that blog post tells me that we are hungry for more. Loath to disappoint, I hereby present 25 more real-world examples of virtual reality, drawn from this year’s and last year’s events. I thank everyone who contributed to the following list. Kicking off…

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Universities can do more to support their disabled students | Chris Skidmore | Education

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. Students of all backgrounds and circumstances are unlocking the potential of a university education and widening their horizons. This includes record numbers of students with a disability. New figures show 94,120 new students with a disability enrolled at…

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‘Sometimes you feel alone’: studying at university with a disability | Education

While the number of disabled people studying at university is growing, they are still far less likely to go than their non-disabled peers. The universities minister, Chris Skidmore, is now calling on universities to do more to support their disabled students, in the hope of encouraging more applications. Here, several disabled students share their stories about what starting university was like for them. ‘Having a disability can make it harder to fit in’ Hillary Mensah Photograph: Hillary Mensah Hillary Mensah…

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Displaced children with disabilities face overlapping barriers – Education Article

The 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report launched two weeks ago, focuses on migration and displacement. In discussing displaced people with disabilities, it begins with a premise established by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that having an impairment does not in itself create disability; rather, it’s society’s failure to accommodate and assist that ‘disables’. For refugee children living with a disability torn from their homes, the lack of assistance in their new environments is particularly stark. A…

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Disabled and Struggling to Find Work – Education Article

Being disabled and finding work can be hard. There are several things you need to think about when being disabled and trying to find a job. One thing is if you can get to the location if you do not drive. You also need to think about the hours you’ll be working and if they will work for you based on your transportation. For me being in a wheelchair and having to use public transportation is hard. The bus I…

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