Disabled Students


Disabled Students are those who self-define as disabled, including those who experience mental and physical difficulties or impairments. This may include (but is not limited to) any physical conditions, long-term health conditions; specific learning difficulties; and/or mental health conditions that have a substantial effect on day-to-day life.


Disabled Students' Network

The Disabled Students’ Network represents the concerns and interests of all disabled students at the University of Greenwich, as part of the newly formed Liberation Networks. We are run by disabled students for disabled students, but anyone with a keen passion in liberation is more than welcome to join our efforts.

We are in our very early stages, but our aim is to ensure every disabled student has the best university experience possible, whatever that may look like. We support open discussions around difficult topics as well as just talking about our everyday lives and experiences too. Whatever you would like to see from us, we are here for you.

In the future, we hope to be able to take part in more activism, including campaigns - making our voices heard. If there are any disability related issues that are especially important to you, please get in touch so we can add these to our agenda to be discussed, we would love to take these ideas forwards.

Join the Network

Liberation Organiser

My name is Ruth, and I’m currently in my final year studying Landscape Architecture and I am the Liberation Organiser representing the Disabled Students’ Network.

I live with chronic illnesses, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I was diagnosed with my most serious condition, Addison’s Disease, just before starting university in 2017, when I was 18 years old. I almost died due to the severity of my illness and now rely on daily medication to stay alive. I have had an extraordinarily difficult time the past few years, even taking a break from my studies during the 2019-20 academic year. Despite this, I have had incredible support throughout my time at uni – from friends and family as well as academic staff and Student Wellbeing, I wouldn’t be here still without them.

I know my story isn’t all too uncommon, but having the support I have had does seem to be. I joined the Liberation Networks to help others achieve their very best regardless of what barriers stand in their way, and being able to do so through the Disabled Students’ Network is something I am very excited to do and I am incredibly proud to have this opportunity.

Get in touch

The Students’ Union Advice Services at Greenwich and Medway give free, independent and confidential advice to University of Greenwich students on academic and welfare problems. We will not report what you have told us to the University, unless you want us to, or in rare situations (particularly if your welfare is at serious risk). See: www.suug.co.uk/welfare www.gkunions.co.uk/advice The only thing we cannot advise on is your Student Visa or Immigration status. Students seeking advice on visa or immigration issues should contact the University International Student Advice Service (ISAS) for assistance.
For further information, please see http://www2.gre.ac.uk/current-students/support/isas
All students are entitled to support from the Study Skills tutors at the University. There are also a lot of online resources. See: www.gre.ac.uk/studykskills for details.
If you want to practice your English conversational skills, find out about Language Connect groups at http://wp.me/p42w1y-o . These groups are available for all students.
In our opinion, nearly all international students have the skills to communicate effectively if they’ve got the confidence. The Language Connect groups are a great way to build your confidence, and help you take part in academic and social group activities.?

Ruth sat at a table

Pictured above - Liberation Organiser Ruth


Tips for disabled students from former students with disabilities

 

1. Don’t settle for less because of your disability.

2. Join a Students’ Union society or sports team, they are great ways to meet new people.

3.  If you haven’t already made contact with the University’s Disability and Dyslexia team, do it straight away by emailing tod-centre@gre.ac.uk.

4.  Get assessed, and find out what support you are entitled to. Many people have one (or more) disabilities or learning difficulties, and struggle through their studies without the help they need. The earlier you’re assessed, the easier you’ll find your studies.

5.  Check you have the right to on-site facilities such as parking permits for physically disabled people at all three campuses. And did you know the inter-campus double decker buses are accessible for wheelchair users?

 

6.  Always ask for help from friends, tutors, lecturers, programme leaders etc.

7.  Getting help for mental health IS healthy, and a positive step in helping you manage your own health.  Whatever help you need, make sure you DO get it, or just like a broken leg, it’ll get worse.

8.  Apply to the University to be an AccessAbility Ambassador. It’s a great job and you will make some great friends too.

9.  Get advice from the Students’ Union. You are entitled to it. We have independent advisers that can advise on most things from housing, to money, to your benefits, and the Disabled Students Allowance.

 

Disability History Month


GSU Officer Zoë has organised a Disability History Month campaign. You can find out more about it here.

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