Westminster Higher Education Forum

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Next steps for supporting disabled students in Higher Education

Morning, Friday, 29th April 2022

This conference will discuss future priorities for supporting disabled students in Higher Education, including latest thinking around:

  • the impact of the pandemic on the experiences of disabled students in HE
  • streamlining the transition process to university, improving student life on campus and increasing awareness of available support
  • priorities for educational attainment and future pathways to postgraduate study and employment

It follows the publication of the Disability Strategy earlier this year, which outlined Government’s plans for improving support for disabled people throughout their life, including through the transition to higher education, apprenticeships, and employment, and launching the Access to Work Adjustment Passport scheme.

Delegates will consider what is needed to take forward the ambitions set out in the strategy and what more can be done to support students with disabilities as they transition from school to higher education - alongside steps which can be taken to increase the number of disabled graduates in employment.

Further sessions look at how the experience of the pandemic can inform best practice in provision for disabled students going forward, including in terms of blended learning and support such as funding, as well as how the sector can best dovetail its approach with that outlined in the Disability Strategy.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Katherine Bayliss, Student Funding Policy, Higher Education and Further Education Directorate, Department for Education; Nicola Turner, Policy Adviser, UCAS; Professor Geoff Layer, Chair, Disabled Students’ Commission; and, Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton; and Helen Saelensminde, Chief Executive Officer, Snowdon Trust.

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from DfE; Government Legal Department; Ofsted and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Nicola Turner

Policy Adviser, UCAS

Katherine Bayliss

Student Funding Policy, Higher Education and Further Education Directorate, Department for Education

Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from The Open University

Helen Saelensminde

Chief Executive Officer, Snowdon Trust

Katherine Bayliss

Student Funding Policy, Higher Education and Further Education Directorate, Department for Education

Nicola Turner

Policy Adviser, UCAS

Geoff Layer

Chair, Disabled Students’ Commission; and Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton


Lord Colin Low of Dalston

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology


Mette Westander

Founding Director, Disabled Students UK

David Cowen

Disability Learning Support Team Leader, University of Westminster

Danie Woodbridge

Inclusion, Diversity and Disability Manager, Buckinghamshire New University

Katherine Noren

Head of the Disability Advisory Service, University of Oxford

Tab Ahmad

Founder and CEO, EmployAbility

Caroline Huntley

Chair, National Association of Disability Practitioners

Sean Cullen

Doctoral Researcher, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London

Anna Ward

Disabled Students’ Officer, University of Cambridge

Geena Vabulas

Policy Manager, Assistive Technology, Policy Connect