Easing Way for Disabled Students
Forster, Mark, Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
COVENTRY'S universities, colleges, careers services and business leaders have all joined forces to examine the barriers disabled people face when they consider higher education.
The initiative is spearheaded by Here-ward College, which was one of the first in the UK to offer disabled students the chance to further their education with a package of back-up, and will run until December.
It has been supported with a pounds 50,000 grant from the Further Education Funding Council.
Statistics show that in 1997/8 just 30 of the 319,523 new UK university undergraduates had disabilities and required support with personal care.
Only 464 students in wheelchairs joined degree courses in the same year.
Mike Thompson, of Here-ward College, says the idea behind the research is to establish what barriers exist for disabled students and how they can be tackled.
"We have got a proud history at Hereward for offering students with disabilities opportunities, but although we are contributing to the national picture, we are talking small numbers. …