Disabled students community group: discussion forum

Tuesday 12 December 2023 - 1pm - 3pm
ED.2.01, Stratford and Microsoft Teams

Disability History Month starts on Monday 15 November. To coincide with this, we are restarting our Disabled students community group.

Discussion forums

We are hosting four discussion forums. We are inviting students to attend to discuss their experiences in the University. This includes the following topics, as well as whether we should introduce 'neurodiversity' to the name and purpose of the group:

  • 13:00 - 13:15 Digital accessibility: Accessible teaching materials, access to lecture recordings, alternative assessment for all modules.  
  • 13:15 - 13:30 Physical accessibility: Lifts, rooms, transport. 
  • 13:30 - 13:45 TLSR: Being put in place.  
  • 15 minute break
  • 14:00 - 14:15 Teaching and learning experience: Slides being released before lectures, equipment, reading materials, lecture timings (breaks).  
  • 14:15 - 14:30 Culture

We will use the information gathered at these discussions to inform our work with the University to make learning a more accessible and inclusive experience for everybody.

Further event details

Both disabled and/or neurodiverse students, and other students with an interest in the topic are invited to join the discussion. 

To ensure the events are accessible to the greatest number of students, there will be both in-person and online discussions. While shorter and less structured than the main session, the online session will still provide an opportunity to share your thoughts on all the topics listed above. 

  • In-person 13:00 - 14:30. Students can join to discuss as many topics as they like. 
  • Online discussion 14:30 - 15:00. A Microsoft Teams link will be supplied before the event.

An additional session will take place on Wednesday 13 December (Docklands).

Refreshments will be provided.


If you have any access or dietary requirements we should know about, please let us know using the booking form.

Community groups

We’re planning to restart our eight community groups for students who identify as - or ally with - people with particular backgrounds. 

They will be a place for students to create a community of likeminded people, while providing an opportunity to run campaigns and hold events.

The community groups will also help us to communicate students’ experiences and opinions to the University.

A big part of our work is boosting the student voice and campaigning on issues that matter to you. To do that effectively, we need to understand students' viewpoints and experiences. That's where community groups come in!

We will be helping to set up the groups in the first instance, with students later leading the groups’ activity.