Westminster Higher Education Forum

Disabled students - funding, inclusivity and access

Morning, Tuesday, 6th February 2018

Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS


This seminar will examine key issues and emerging priorities for improving support for disabled students at universities in England.

It will be an opportunity to consider HEFCE’s newly published recommendations  for improving support for disabled students, looking at funding, assessment, making better use of technology, training and embedding new practices - as well as the establishment of ‘inclusive champions’ at Higher Education Providers. The seminar also follows the doubling of HEFCE funding for disabled students between 2016 and 2018.

Those attending will also examine issues arising from the reform of the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) including latest thinking on tackling barriers to greater participation and success for disabled students, as well as the long term impact of changes to funding policy.

They will examine the challenges for universities in implementing a social model of support for students - including looking at the best ways to move toward a more inclusive curricula, improving learning and teaching environments, issues for university staff and how to ensure consistency in provision between institutions.

Further sessions assess trends in complaints from disabled students, the provision of equipment and services, and progress on how campuses are adapting their facilities to the needs of disabled students.

Guests of Honour

Sarah Howls

Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE

Greg Boone

Team Leader, Disabled Students’ Allowance, Department for Education

Guests of Honour

Greg Boone

Team Leader, Disabled Students’ Allowance, Department for Education

Sarah Howls

Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE


Lord Addington

Dr Lisa Cameron MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability


Molly Watt

Accessibility & Usability Consultant, Molly Watt

Christine Child

Adjudication Manager, Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Oliver Weiss

Partner, Blake Morgan

Sandy Alden

Team Leader, Disability and Specialist Learning, Newcastle University

Patrick Clark

Specialist Learning Support Service Manager, University of Worcester

Richard Stewart

Policy Officer, NUS

Philip Connolly

Policy and Development Manager, Disability Rights UK

Dr Nasser Siabi

Chief Executive, Microlink

Mei-Yee Man Oram

Co-Lead, Accessible Environments, Arup