Improving UK higher education for disabled students

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By Flynn Rodgers
Louise Baddeley, the University of Surrey’s disability and inclusivity manager, spoke to Street News about supporting disabled and neurodivergent students and barriers to educational equality.
Street News: Could you tell me about your role and what it involves?
Louise Baddeley: I work at the University of Surrey, and I manage the disability and neurodiversity team. We’re a team of 20 staff and we work with disabled students and neurodivergent students – that’s students with any kind of medical condition, mental health condition, autism, physical impairment, hearing or visual impairment and many other diagnoses.
We look at how studying will be impacted by their disability or condition and work out with them any kind of support or adjustment to help them continue their studying. We also work with staff across the university. We have a lot of academic staff and professional staff who come to us and ask for advice and guidance to better support students.

My responsibility is overseeing all of this and making sure that we are working within the legal frame of the Equality Act (2010).

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