Students with Disabilities Officer

Matthew Clark Hello, I’m Matthew, second year History and Business Management undergraduate. I’ve had the privilege of being SRC Disability Equality Officer this year. It’s something I’d love to continue – hit the ground running, with my inside experience, people skills, dedication and ethic. In the year ahead there are changes and opportunities that will […]

Matthew Clark

Hello, I’m Matthew, second year History and Business Management undergraduate. I’ve had the privilege of being SRC Disability Equality Officer this year. It’s something I’d love to continue – hit the ground running, with my inside experience, people skills, dedication and ethic.

In the year ahead there are changes and opportunities that will affect us all, with a disability or not. Let’s make the most of them!

With the SRC’s executive structure changing I’ll work with our new VP Student Support and VP Education: to sustain the drive and progress for a university recording of lectures policy; and pledge to pursue the creation of a university policy on Inclusive and Accessible Teaching Material standards, building on new guidelines I helped shape this year.

I will work to ensure the consultation and plans for our new Campus Masterplan encompass students with disabilities’ needs, thus setting a better example for the remaining campus to follow.
This year I’m researching the possible creation of an affective students’ disability group; then next year I want to make the beginnings of a real one.

And I want to keep working with YOU.

So if you’ll have me again, vote Matthew #1 Disability Equality Officer. Thank you!

Nicola Williams

I am currently an SRC class representative for Level 2 Animal Biology. This has provided me with experience in representing students within the university, gathering students’ opinions on current issues and addressing any issues raised.

As DEO, I aim to provide more assistance for disabled students when facing difficulties on their courses, enhancing links between students and the support systems available. I will provide more support and education for staff, including strengthening the role of disability coordinators within colleges.

I aim to make disability service and counseling information more widely available across campus, so that students who don’t yet feel able to ask for help in person can find out more about what services are there to help them.

I hope to run an annual event, raising disability awareness; with a focus on trying to break the stigma our community attaches to both mental health issues and disabilities in general. I would like this include a White T-shirt day; where students print something on their t-shirt about themselves they are proud of – however unusual – to show ownership of all sides of themselves. I’d hope to run this campus-wide, involving as many individuals, societies and clubs as possible.