The *AccessAbility Project is a disability and diversity focused initiative at the University of Greenwich that was developed in partnership with Aimhigher. The *AccessAbility Project provides information and guidance to disabled and diverse students who may not feel university is for them, or who have concerns about going to university. The project started in 2007 and continues to develop to meet the needs of the disabled and diverse students.
What do we mean by 'disability and diversity'?
Disability and diversity includes the following:
- A mental-health condition such as anxiety or depression
- A specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
- A developmental disorder such as autism or ADHD/ADD
- A progressive medical condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer or HIV
- A sensory impairment which could affect the ability to see or hear
The *AccessAbility Project works to a transformative model of widening participation which views disabled and diverse students as positive assets.
How could disabled and diverse students benefit from our assistance?
Going to university can be challenging for anyone: students move from a highly structured school or college environment to organising their own studies and social lives. For disabled and diverse university students, challenges can be more extensive, so preparation becomes even more important.
Our *AccessAbility ambassadors, university students with their own disability or diversity, provide balanced, first-hand experience of the achievements and challenges of university life.
STAART - Support through *AccessAbility retention and transition
University life can be challenging. Many new students are moving from a structured environment at home or at work, school or college to a situation where they will need to balance independent study with their other commitments and social lives. For disabled and diverse students, these challenges can be more extensive, so good preparation and organisation is important. With STAART, we support students through this transition.
There are several ways to access STAART support. Students can:
- Follow our Facebook or Twitter accounts for news and information or to talk to us and fellow students
- Attend a transition day before the start of term for a tour of the campus and library, and to meet our *AccessAbility Ambassadors
- Book a place at one of our Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning workshop or one-to-one sessions, for study tips and advice
- Join our private Facebook group for peer-to-peer support.
Disabled and dyslexic students at the University of Greenwich and local disabled and dyslexic students (year 11 onwards) can join the project here
There is currently no end date as this is a rolling project and students can join at any time.
If you would like more information about disability and dyslexia and higher education, and what our *AccessAbility Ambassadors and doing, you can find out more by following our social channels:
Facebook: University of Greenwich – STAART
Find out more
If you would like to know more about how we can benefit disabled and diverse students, please contact us:
Tel: 07931 226599
- Mental health
- Our tips for transition to university life
- Profiles of our ambassadors
- Useful links to organisations for support with disabilities
- Ambassador Mark is National Student Employee of the Year
- *AccessAbility Transition Support Programme
- *AccessAbility Graduates
- What does D/deaf mean?
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities Prize Quiz
- Useful links - national organisations which focus on disability and/or education