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Disabled Students UK is at the forefront of a transformative movement that challenges perceptions of disability within the higher education sector. They champion the disabled student voice as a source of wisdom.

One of DSUK’s standout achievements in the past 12 months is the launch of the Access Insights project, aimed at evaluating accessibility at universities across the UK. In its first year the Annual Disabled Student Survey heard from over 1,300 disabled students at over 90 UK universities, making it the largest survey of its kind. The 10 year project included the launch of the first comparison tool that enables prospective disabled students to compare universities’ strength and growth points for the very first time.

The pioneering initiative demonstrates DSUK’s collaborative ethos as they work alongside institutions such as UCL, University of Essex and the University of Bath, who are committing to improving the disabled student experience.

In addition to providing member universities with tailored reports on their disabled students’ experience, DUSK provides training, consulting and monthly informative briefs supporting institutions to take strategic steps to improve the situation for their disabled students.

As the largest disabled student-led organisation in the UK, DSUK’s approach goes beyond platforming voices; they also empower disabled students to become advocates for change. In 2023, DSUK provided comprehensive training to disabled students and recent graduates to become lived-experience consultants. The popular training resulted in the creation of 12 new disabled student consultants.These consultants are now equipped to support universities in their efforts to improve accessibility, ensuring that the voices of disabled students are directly influencing positive change.

“The disabled student community has come together to share our experiences and build a clear picture of Higher Education accessibility in 2023. The Access Insights website enables prospective disabled students to make informed choices about their studies and enables institutions to improve the experience for future generations.”

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