Inquiry launched into the experiences of disabled students in HE

The Higher Education Commission notes

‘Despite hard-fought improvements to equalities legislation in recent decades, disabled students continue to be under-represented, frustrated by their experience and to achieve outcomes below their potential. The Commission is seeking to uncover the reasons for these disparities so as to advise Government and the sector on how to give students the support they need. The Commission’s eighth inquiry will examine the experiences of disabled students at university across three strands: a) teaching and learning, b) living and social, and c) transitions and employment.

 The key research questions are:

  1. What are the challenges facing disabled students, and how do these manifest in the three areas of teaching and learning, living and social, and transitions and employment?
  2. What are the views of stakeholders on whether existing interventions and policies are adequate?
  3. What good practice exists regarding the experiences and outcomes of disabled students at university?'

They have split the ‘Provision of support’ questions into two categories: respondents from a department or team within a higher education institution providing support services for disabled students, and organisations which provide support services to disabled students but operate independently/externally to an HEP.

The Commission welcomes all types of evidence, from data, including analysis or internal studies your organisation has carried out, to personal or organisational views on these issues.

Find the call for evidence in PDF format here. If you need to access this in Word document format, please email Megan Hector at

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