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Listening, learning and responding to disabled students

28 Mar 2023

Professor Jackie Carter, our Academic Lead for Disability, has contributed to an article on the subject for the Times Higher Education, along with postgraduate research student Laura Howard

Professor Jackie Carter

As a professor and a postgraduate researcher with disabilities, both visible and invisible, Jackie and Laura understand the challenges this can pose day-to-day for those working or studying within universities.

Jackie talks about our equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy in the article, and what we are doing to support the student experience. 

Students at all stages, from undergraduate to postgraduate, with physical or hidden disabilities, social anxieties or neurodiversity may find it more difficult to take part in activities such as seminars and social events. This can result in individuals feeling very lonely.

A group of disabled postgraduate researchers collaborated to set up a research group at our University which has since turned into a support and activism group. They established a number of steps that every university and tutor should take to better support disabled students.