PANNY ANTONIOU

A recent report by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Trailblazers nationwide network has found that Brunel University London ranked as one of the best universities in the UK for inclusion of disabled people.

During the course of the study, 78 UK institutions were surveyed – the Oxbridge colleges – 69 were excluded as their inclusion could skew and disproportionately affect the results.

The research involved a survey which asked fifteen questions on whether they had provided facilities which disabled people wanting to attend university may legitimately require. Brunel was one of the top universities surveyed and – along with Coventry University in the West Midlands – answered the most questions with a “yes” and scored 94% on the queries they were given.

These results make Brunel the best university to study at for a disabled person, not just in London but also in the whole of the United Kingdom.

This shows our university’s dedication to equality and inclusion and the great strides which the university has undergone in order to improve the university experience for all students – whether disabled or not.

In addition, these results are against the trend which shows that there is not enough inclusion for disabled students in many higher education institutions, indeed, the report shockingly found that 1 in 10 disabled students at UK universities are unable to eat or live on many campuses which adversely affects their university experience.

However, the report also notes that significant changes need to be made to all universities in order to meet the demands of disabled students and to create true equality. The report notes that there are multiple problems with the clearing system which many students who did not get the necessary grades for their preferred university apply through. They note that one month is not a sufficient period of time to find out if the facilities which the university provides are adequate to their needs and argue that websites of universities need to be far more informative in order to cater more to disabled students.

Despite the additional work needed to include disabled people fully into the university community – getting full marks on next year’s survey should be a university priority – we should be proud of our achievements thus far and for being ahead of most other universities in the country for integration and inclusion of disabled students.