Disabled students are calling on UK universities to do more to help them take part fully in campus life.
A study by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Trailblazers suggests many students are unable to access areas such as lecture theatres and libraries.
It says many institutions are failing to signpost key information such as details of accessible accommodation.
The Equality Challenge Unit said many universities were working hard to be as accessible and welcoming as possible.
The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 means it is illegal for education providers to treat disabled students less favorably because of their disability.
A Trailblazers’ survey of 100 UK universities found only half of those questioned confirmed that all teaching rooms, study rooms and libraries were fully accessible for students with mobility difficulties.
The research found half of universities questioned said that not all inter-campus transport was accessible.
Only a quarter of the universities surveyed had considered disabled students when planning freshers’ week information and only a third had a society representing disabled students in the student union.
Tanvi Vyas, manager of Trailblazers, said: “We continue to hear about how many universities are still missing the mark when it comes to helping people planning on entering higher education – and helping them to complete their time there.
“There are plenty of simple measures that universities can take. Providing inclusive freshers’ guides, handy information on accessible transport and buildings and support networks can all make a huge difference to students adapting to campus life.
“We also need the government and local authorities to examine the issue of relocating care packages, which continues to be an enormous struggle for many students studying away from home.”
Source: BBC News – Education & Family
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