Students with Disabilities 

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Disabled Students Officer: 

Hi I’m Reece Lee, the Disabled Students Officer at NUA! I work with the university and other student officers to represent, support and campaign on behalf of students with disabilities.  

Disability covers a wide spectrum, including but not exclusive to physical health, mental health conditions, learning disabilities and sensory disabilities. People with disabilities face additional obstacles – such as being accused of misusing accessible toilets, parking and travel, access to academic facilities and other buildings, as well as challenging misconceptions about their conditions. As an SU we believe this is wrong and want to ensure students with disabilities, both visible and invisible, receive support.  

As a student officer, I sit on the Students’ Union Steering Committee and work alongside the SU President to ensure the interests, ideas and feedback of Disabled Students is heard and acted on. Here are some of the things you can contact me about:  

  • Campaigns, projects, or initiatives – if you have an idea, we want to hear it! 

  • Feedback, complaints, or concerns relating to your experience of studying at NUA or living in Norwich. 

  • Representation of student with disabilities at SU, University and National level. 

If you would like to get in touch, please contact me via: su.disabledstudents@nua.ac.uk

Interested in this role?  

Our Liberation officers are elected annually in the summer term and start their role from September. You can view the role description here. If you think you would be a great Disabilities officer, nominate yourself when elections open! 

 Support at NUA: 

NUA aims to be an inclusive and supportive campus. However, we know sometimes things can go wrong on and off campus. If you would like to speak to the SU, please contact the Disabled Students Officer su.disabledstudents@nua.ac.uk or the President via su.president@nua.ac.uk.

 

You can also pop in to the SU Lounge, located in the basement of St Andrews House during normal office hours for a confidential chat. There is an accessible lift down to the basement level through the brown doors to the left of St Andrews House main entrance.  

The Student Support team at NUA provides a dedicated Disability Support service. During your studies, Student Support are available to help with a wide range of issues that might affect you. Appointments are available between 10am and 4pm Monday - Friday, during term time and the holidays. Appointments are currently taking place remotely over Microsoft Teams or over the phone. 

Academic Support:  

Academic Support works closely with the course teams and other areas of the Academic Registry to offer guidance on how our regulations can support you. We can help with: 

  • claiming extenuating circumstances 

  • applying for intermission, which means taking an approved break from your studies 

  • and making an appeal or a complaint. 

Dyslexia Support:  

If you think you have dyslexia, or another SpLD, then you can make an appointment to see one of NUA’s Specialist Study Skills Tutors for a screening. Book a free screening by emailing spld.support@nua.ac.uk or calling (01603) 977977.  

To access Specific Learning Difference (SpLD) support you will have to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). You can find out more about accessing Dyslexia support here.  

External support providers:  

  • Equal Lives - disability rights organisation based in Norfolk and Suffolk. We exist to support people of any age who face disabling barriers. 

  • BUILD charity - Social, leisure and learning opportunities for people with disabilities. 

  • SCOPE - disability equality charity in England and Wales providing support and campaigns to ensure a fairer society.  

Activism and Campaigns: 

NUASU is committed to ensuring all students have fair access and opportunities, and campaigning on issues that disproportionally affect disabled students. Here are some campaign areas that we are continuously lobbying on:   

Access to Mental Health Support:

Students all too often have pressures coming at them from all angles which may trigger mental ill-health, and the support services are either oversubscribed or just not there. There are many local and national organisations campaigning on this issue – you can see a calendar of on-going campaigns here.  

The National Union of Students has also provided a Mental Health Toolkit for anyone looking to understand and support those affected by poor mental health.  

Gender Neutral Toilet campaign:

At NUASU we believe that minorities should not be paired together, which is why we are continuously talking to the university and working with them to come up with better solutions for gender neutral toilets.