Making a commitment to disabled students

NEON Summit

  • Date


  • Time

      10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The forthcoming Disabled Students Commitment, developed by the Disabled Students Commission, presents a key opportunity for the higher education sector to reflect upon how it supports disabled students throughout the student lifecycle. We know that, over the last ten years, there has been a steady increase in reported disabilities amongst undergraduate students., yet they are still vastly under-represented. Students with a disability are less likely to apply, more likely to drop out and, out of those who finish their degree, tend to have lower degree results than those of their peers. They also experience worse employment outcomes. This is true even after other factors, such as prior attainment, gender, age and ethnicity, are taken into account.   

This NEON Summit will bring together policy makers, senior managers and practitioners to discuss how higher education can become more inclusive and better support students with disabilities throughout the student lifecycle. 

Speakers include:

  • Professor Geoff Layer, Chair of the Disabled Student Commission
  • Dr Omar Khan, Director, TASO.
  • Dr Craig Johnston, University of Winchester
  • Ben Jordan, Head of Policy, UCAS
  • Yvonne Drakeley, Disability Specialist Careers and Employment Adviser, Lancaster University.
  • Clare Matthews, Careers Advisor (Widening Participation), University of Bristol
  • Piers Wilkinson, Policy and Campaigns Lead, Inclusive Education Team, Diversity and Ability
  • Nicola Turner, Senior Fair Access Adviser, UCAS
  • Dr. Melanie Thorley, STAART Manager, University of Greenwich

Date, time and location
Wednesday 29th March 2023,
10am until 4pm
Online via Zoom

Membership organisation rate: £120
Non-member organisation rate: £179

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