Students with disabilities
The Outreach team has always been keen to work with students who are underrepresented at
University and students with disabilities are currently one of these groups.
However, there is a wide range of support
available that can help make the transition and experience of university a positive and transformational one which will
prepare them for the career of their choice. Our events support and encourage students to aspire to university, but also
show them that as long as they have the academic ability to attend, they will be supported during their studies.
We work alongside our University's Student Support team to run a variety of events for
students with disabilities or specific learning difficulties.
Year 12 Disability Conference - 10 July 2013, Colchester Campus
This year we are introducing a conference specifically aimed at Year 12 students who would receive support from the Disabled Student
Allowance while at university. Students who may be eligible for this allowance include those with long-term illnesses, mental health conditions and specific
learning difficulties as well as physical disabilities. They will also get the opportunity to meet staff from Student Support and exisiting Essex students
who study with a disability.
The conference will include a wide range of workshops covering both specific information about the support that is available and the learning and teaching styles
of our University. Students who want to find out more about university in general will be able to benefit from sessions on subjects like student finance.
For any further enquiries, please e-mail ccarey (non-Essex users add @essex.ac.uk).
Book a place
If you would like to attend, download and complete the booking form (.pdf) and return to the address below.
Here we've provided a summary of our most common events.
This is a two day project for Year 9 students and takes place in Colchester and Southend.
Students learn about the transition between secondary school, college and university and the support systems in place at each stage. The first
day is spent at a further education institution such as the Colchester Institute or South Essex College in Southend. The second day is spent at one
of our University campuses in either Colchester or Southend where parents can also attend.
We have recently hosted two very successful events with 17 students attending an April 2013 event in Southend and 26 attending the May 2013 event in Colchester.
Individual visits from colleges
If you have students that you feel would benefit from a visit to our University, we would be happy to help you organise one.
Each year we organise several visits for students with disabilities or specific learning difficulties. We can arrange for them to talk
not just with Student Support about the kind of support they will be able to receive whilst studying, but also by meeting exisiting Essex students with
Our University worked in partnership with Essex County Council and Anglia Ruskin University to produce the AccessAbility guide. This guide was produced
for students with a disability or specific learning difficulty who are considering progressing to university.