Education & Academia

Values Based Practice


 The Collaborating Centre has been set up to support the development of values-based practice through shared learning. Based at St Catherine’s College in Oxford the Centre brings together a wide range of individuals and organisations working on different aspects of values-based practice around the world. 

Centre For Public Health


CPH is part of the Faculty of Education, Health & Community at Liverpool John Moores University. We offer expertise in a range of methodologies including health research, evaluation, systematic reviews, surveillance, audit, epidemiology and statistics. 

UCAS - Students With Disabilities


 The UCAS website provides useful information for students with disabilities, and helps to provide guidance. UCAS provide videos to help answer your questions and give you valuable advice. 

Primary Futures

primary futures

Primary Futures is a new free resource for state primary schools that brings literacy and numeracy to life, broadens horizons for school children and links their learning to their futures.

Volunteers pledge one hour a year to visit a school near home or work to talk about their job or profession.

Knowledge Hub

knowledge hub

Knowledge Hub is the free-to-join digital collaboration platform for social good. Members and communities can connect and exchange knowledge, ideas, insight and experience to drive productivity and improve public services. The secure environment offers easy-to-use, collaborative tools to help members keep up to date with current thinking, save time and money by learning from others, inspire innovations and create new ways of working. 

SSPC Mentorship Programme


The Mentorship programme aims to assist Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology students to develop their skills, knowledge and personal attributes that will help them to secure and be successful in their future careers. 

Studying in UK as a disabled student


Studying in UK as a disabled student

In UK, there’s no reason for disabled students not to pursue higher education. Despite still being very challenging to study as a disabled person, significant improvements are done and nowadays university is equally accessible to everyone.

Furthermore, The UK universities are charged with legal obligations to ensure disabled students will get excellent treatment through their studies. This includes many facilities, starting from the basic things they commonly need like wheel-chair friendly routes to the social treatment they’ll get.

Your rights as a disabled person

Studying in the UK as a disabled student won’t represent any difference to studying as a non-disabled student because your fundamental rights will be protected and guaranteed by law. Universities in the UK are committed to making sure these laws are fully functional and you have a normal student life even if you’re a foreign student.  

Despite that, as an international student with a disability, you don’t have access to governmental funds for disables students in UK, your additional needs arising from your disability will be seriously taken into consideration.

For example, Scottish universities have a particular loan fund to help disabled international students who otherwise are not eligible to seek DSA funds.

What these rights include and why is important to know them?

Education is a fundamental right to every human and so is to the disabled people. Universities in the UK are obliged to respect and make sure to fulfill these rights under the Equality Act 2010 and the UN Convention.

With this being said, it is important for you to know that your right of attending university is guaranteed. Whenever there will be anyone or anything trying to deny to you this opportunity there are many institutions and many laws where you can address your concern.

Below are given some circumstances at which universities must not discriminate a disabled student: 

If a student is rejected from admission just because he’s disabled (direct discrimination).

Providing application in only one form which cannot be accessible to disabled students(indirect discrimination).

Discrimination springing from a student’s disability, for example, going out in breaks because it takes him more time than his non-disabled peers.

When a professor shouts at the student who may have interrupted his lecture because of his disability.


When a student is suspended because he had protested about being harassed.

University’s office for disabled students

Within every British university, there’s an office and an official who’s in charge to deliver every service concerning this category of students. Disabled students can reach him for different problems and he will give instructions or help to overcome them.

Here’s a way this office can serve for good to a disabled student. Universities in the UK have many scholarship schemes dedicated only to disabled students. Those who are interested to get one, but know nothing about the application process and other details can contact the official person and he will help them.

If you’re for the first time in the campus of your university, the above official will show you everything you need to know about your access on campus. It may happen that around a certain building there may still be missing a wheelchair route alongside usual stairs and this may limit your freedom to move around that place.

Because universities may only be required to fulfill a required limit of facilities to disabled students while their needs may seek more we highly suggest to personally contact the university. For example, a visually impaired student may need a certain set of Braille books for his course so they will work toward adding those books in their shelves. They will seriously consider any of your demands and act in accordance with it.



Since disabled students may have different demands from non-disabled students they have to take additional treatment to never feel discriminated. The university and its staff must make certain adjustments to their schooling plan regarding their disabled students’ needs. This means they have to pay extra support and aid to these students if needed. Moreover, they have to take into account these students when thinking of building a new school object or modify the actual one.

Scholarships and loans

As we already said, the UK education system has many scholarship schemes allocated to disabled students. Financial support for them is of a great importance to make them feel equal to their non-disabled peers. Apparently, this will make attending a higher education easier for them.

Scholarships to disabled students in UK are governed and provided by both governmental authorities or non-governmental organizations, including here universities. At the present there are numerous such scholarships available for disable students.

Powered by governmental funds, all UK universities run a joint scholarship and loan scheme for disabled students called the Disabled Students’ Allowance. If you’re facing extra costs due to your disability, then you can apply for DSA funds or loans.

You must reach the Disability Service office in your university and of the advisers there will guide to a successful application. Your eligibility to apply for these funds depends on several factors like the type or severity of your disability, the type of your course and your nationality.

The Disability Service office is in charge of sending your application to the responsible authority and then get to you after they receive an answer. Note that in your application a medical certificate that states your disability is required.

How much you’ll be paid varies according to your disability-related needs. These funds will be allocated to your bank account or can be paid directly to the provider of service you’re seeking to get.

An important note: Since the UK countries run DSA funds independently and are free to set up individually the details of how these funds will be provided, your eligibility and the amount you can get changes depending on what location you’re studying.

For example, the DSA funds are only available to the UK students. On the other hand, the same funding programme in Scotland is also offered to EU students with disability.

Also, a DSA scholarship in England covers the cost of traveling you have during your studies in UK as a disabled student. In Scotland, on the other hand, the DSA does not cover such costs, however, you can make a claim for such additional funds from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) .

You can claim DSA funds in the following institutions:

  • Student Finance England (SFE)
  • Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
  • Student Finance Wales
  • Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI) is one of the largest information portals about studying in The United Kingdom for international students.

We publish information about the United Kingdom higher education and latest news that concern international students in the UK, as well as a large number of helpful informational content and exclusive research about international students in the UK. 

Marvelous Max - Autism Awareness for Kids

Marvelous Max is a 3 minute animated video for Primary School kids. The aim of the video is to create more awareness of autism spectrum disorder. ​ The Marvelous Max program is a free resource for all schools across Australia.   

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Positive Pete


Could you be the person to help make a difference to a young person’s life?

‘Positive Pete’ is a registered charity committed to helping young people find their inner resources and the skills they need to move forward in areas of their lives they find challenging. We work in various schools in the London Borough of Bromley, Richmond & Kingston, Grays Essex & Weybridge Surrey.

Leeds University Business School

Leeds University Business School

 This evidence-based workshop provides you with a safe space to think about what you are trying to achieve and how you are going about it. 

Tips for attending University with a disability

From Accessable "Going away to university for the first time can be daunting for everyone. There are many institutions to choose from and all of them offer different experiences, different subjects and different courses. But if you also have access requirements and are leaving home, there can be additional factors to consider,  our Detailed Access Guides cover everything you’ll need to know about  from lecture halls and libraries to accommodation, bars, parking facilities and accessible toilets

CBeebies Something Special Learn Makaton Signs

This is a great introduction for young children to MAKATON



Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.

With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straight away using signs and symbols. Many people then drop the signs or symbols naturally at their own pace, as they develop speech.

For those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help. Makaton takes away that frustration and enables individuals to connect with other people and the world around them. This opens up all kinds of possibilities.

The benefits of using Makaton


Makaton uses signs, symbols and speech to help people communicate. Signs are used, with speech, in spoken word order. This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear. Using symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to sign.

Makaton is extremely flexible as it can be personalised to an individual's needs and used at a level suitable for them. It can be used to:

  • share thoughts, choices and emotions
  • label real objects, pictures, photos and places
  • take part in games and songs
  • listen to, read and tell stories
  • create recipes, menus and shopping lists
  • write letters and messages
  • help people find their way around public buildings

Today over 100,000 children and adults, use Makaton symbols and signs. Most people start using Makaton as children then naturally stop using the signs and symbols as they no longer need them. However, some people will need to use Makaton for their whole lives



Today thousands of children and adults rely on Makaton to help them communicate with those around them.

With your kind donations and fundraising, The Makaton Charity will be able to continue to increase our support to them. Enabling the people and their families who depend on Makaton to communicate in their everyday lives, breaking down the isolation people feel when they experience difficulties and can’t speak. 

We receive no government funding so our future development is only possible thanks to you, our wonderful supporters. 

Help us to help people who need to use Makaton to communicate. Thank you!

This section contains lots of fantastic ideas for having fun while fundraising. Your fundraising activity will mean we can continue to do our very best to make sure that everyone who needs to access Makaton, gets it.

Knowledge Hub

Knowledge Hub

Knowledge Hub – join the digital collaboration space for public service Interested in connecting with colleagues and sharing practice? Knowledge Hub is the ideal place to exchange knowledge to improve public services and produce social value. As the UK’s largest platform for public service collaboration, it helps members and communities to freely connect, share knowledge, develop initiatives and share expertise in a secure environment. Used by over 160,000 public service and non-profit employees and their partners, Knowledge Hub hosts over 2,500 collaboration groups covering a huge range of subjects from health and social care, education and project delivery to flood risk management, housing and transport to name just a few. Join for free now! 

Life at Oxford with a disability

 For more information about the support available to students with disabilities in Oxford, see: 

Help Cumbria student Sharon Marshall in her research

Would anyone like to help Cumbria University student Sharon Marshall in her research?


She is currently engaged in a project focusing on the disability employment gap in the UK.

The aim of this study is to explore individuals with a self-reported, long-term, mobility impairment and who has experience of job-seeking and working within the UK. 

Participants will be required to take part in an interview lasting approximately 30 minutes via telephone , Skype or FaceTime (each participant can choose their preferred option) on a mutually agreed date between 28th February -31st March 2019. 

The participant inclusion criteria is individuals of any gender, with self-reported long term mobility impairment and no cognitive impairment, who:

1) Currently, or have previously been, employed or job seeking in the UK
2) Are of working age
3 ) Have access to a phone, Skype or FaceTime 

If you are interested in taking place in the study please contact Sharon directly confirming your interest 

Sharon will then forward you a participant information sheet with all the study details which you can review before deciding if you wish to participate.

University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria