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The Rise Of Disabled Student In The UK

The Rise Of Disabled Student In The UK

Posted On 22 Feb 2019

Universities are becoming more accessible to students from many different backgrounds and circumstances. One exciting example of this shift? A rise in university enrollments among students with disabilities over the past five years.

Bringing Down Barriers

Just over 94,000 students with disabilities entered UK universities in 2017/18 — up by more than 6,000 from the previous academic year and by 26,000 from 2013/14.

According to the minister of state for universities, science, research, and innovation, Chris Skidmore, a large part of the improvement can be attributed to Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). These grants help cover extra costs students may incur due to their disabilities, such as equipment, personal support, and travel costs.

Skidmore claims, “DSAs are clearly making a difference. The Department for Education’s own research released today reveals that 69 percent of students with a disability felt confident about completing their course and 68 percent felt confident about passing.”

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