FUNDING BOOST FOR DISABILITY SERVICES
Resources for students with disabilities will receive a significant boost from a successful bid for funding.
A £150,000 grant has been awarded to DART (Disability Access Resources and Technology) to provide two additional specialist disability advisers at the Hull and Lincoln campuses.
The money will come from HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and will ensure that disabled students at ULH are among the best resourced in the UK.
DART’s function is to provide a broad range of services designed to enable students with disabilities to participate in all aspects of university life on a fully inclusive basis.
Last year DART assisted 388 students, more than five times as many as were helped when it was set up in 1994, but there are many more students who could be helped if they came forward.
“Here at ULH we will have some of the highest quality provisions in the country,” said Steve Metcalfe, head of DART. “This is excellent news - the bid had the full backing of the Vice Chancellor and is part of a concerted effort on his part to improve the quality of a whole range of services for students at ULH.”
As part of its services DART runs a regional disability assessment centre to identify and recommend enabling technologies essential for an individual to engage in education or training. The centre accepts referrals from a range of institutions and LEAs from across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, East and North Yorkshire.
HEFCE has also awarded ULH funding to begin a national initiative that will ultimately benefit students with disabilities from across the country. Under this initiative ULH will host the administrative centre of the newly formed National Association of Disability Officers (NADO). This move follows a conference attended by 50 delegates held earlier this year at the Lincoln campus.
“Currently there are no training courses or professional qualifications available that are relevant to disability officers working in higher education,” Establishing this will be one of the many tasks taken on by NADO at the Lincoln campus.
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