Overview

13 Jul, 20219:00 am-1:00 pm14 Jul, 20219:00 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference

The Disabled Student Forum 2021 will examine the next steps for enhancing the experience for all disabled students across higher education in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Disabled Student Forum 2021 will examine the next steps for enhancing the experience for all disabled students across higher education in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2 day Forum will assess how institutions can develop inclusive learning environments, the role of student support services in delivering high impact wellbeing and support provision and how the sector can learn lessons from the crisis in redesigning and delivering services.

Through live workshops, roundtable discussions and best practice sessions, you will gain new insights on innovations being led across the sector, as well practical ideas and support for implementation within your own institution.

What to Expect:

  • New insights on delivering support to disabled students at all stages of the student lifecycle
  • Practical workshops on delivering inclusive learning provision for disabled students
  • Roundtable discussion on key learning points from the Covid-19 pandemic and how disabled student services must change in the long term
  • Expert-led discussion on delivering holistic universal design across an institution
  • Insights on the next steps for assistive technology and high impact support provision
  • Key updates from the OfS, DfE and the Disabled Students’ Commission

Online Experience

  • AI networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Sector based discussion group
  • Next generation conference engagement platform

2021 Speakers

Clare Isham photo
Clare Isham
Senior Officer – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Office for Students (OfS)
Leo Adams photo
Leo Adams
Disabled member of the Liberation Campaign Committee
National Union of Students (NUS)
Michele Farmer photo
Michele Farmer
Digital Accessibility Technologist CMALT
University College London

Expert Speakers

Dr Lesley Black photo
Dr Lesley Black
Director of Student Services
University of Winchester
Marissa Hill photo
Marissa Hill
Head of Disabled Student Support
Sheffield Hallam University

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Online Login and Registration

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Hayley Rushton-Davis
Hayley Rushton-Davis
Disability Team Leader
University of Liverpool
Invited
9:40 am
Embedding the Student Voice into Service Design, Delivery and Change
  • Exploring how the Covid-19 crisis has impacted disabled students and the key barriers faced amid the pandemic
  • What needs to change on how institutions approach reasonable adjustment and the experience of disabled student accessing services at all levels
  • How to co-create and design structural inclusion around lived experience
Leo Adams
Leo Adams
Disabled member of the Liberation Campaign Committee
National Union of Students (NUS)
Confirmed
10:00 am
The Disabled Students’ Commission: Enhancing the Experience of Disabled Students Amid a Pandemic
  • Outlining the progress of the Disabled Students’ Commission since its formation and how it has assessed the impact of the pandemic on the experience of disabled students
  • Examining the effects of the switch to online learning and how the sector can work to deliver fully inclusive teaching and learning
  • Exploring the role of intersectionality in providing a holistic approach to inclusion
  • Assessing the next steps in better understanding the lived experience of disabled students and how that can translate into successful student and wellbeing support
Professor Geoff Layer
Professor Geoff Layer
Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton
Chair, Disabled Students' Commission
Confirmed
10:20 am
An OfS Update: Driving Improved Access and Participation Outcomes for Disabled Students
  • Evaluating progress on improving outcomes for disabled students through the access and participation monitoring process
  • Outlining key indicators of inclusive practice within an institution and how these are evolving
  • Discussing how the findings from the Disabled Students’ Commission feed into the Office for Students’ regulatory approach
  • Assessing core trends in what effective practice looks for disabled students in the context of online teaching and learning
  • Exploring the outcomes of the independent evaluation of access and participation plan reforms
  • Examining the long-term plans of the OfS in evaluating and enhancing outcomes for disabled students
Clare Isham
Clare Isham
Senior Officer – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Office for Students (OfS)
Confirmed
10:40 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:00 am
Learning from Best Practice: Enhancing the Disabled Student Experience throughout the Student Lifecycle

In this case study series you will learn key insights from institutions at the forefront of driving enhancement for disabled students throughout the student lifecycle. These sessions will share emerging innovations, new approaches and ideas that you can take away from the conference and implement within your own institution.

Case Study A: Mapping the Journey of Disabled Students - Innovation from the Open University
Kate Lister
Kate Lister
Manager for Accessibility and Inclusive Practice
The Open University
Confirmed
Case Study B: Interventions on Mental Health Risks and Isolation for Disabled Students
Emma Coughlan
Emma Coughlan
Disability Advisor
University of Sussex
Invited
Case Study C: Supporting the Entry into the Graduate Labour Market for Disabled Students
Bryan Coleman
Bryan Coleman
Head of Disability & Dyslexia Support Service
University of Sheffield
Invited
12:00 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:20 pm
Interactive Roundtable: The Covid-19 Crisis: What have We Learnt and What Needs to Change?

In this interactive roundtable you will be able to participate in a sector checkpoint to assess how your practice has changed throughout the crisis, how support for disabled students has evolved and what the crisis can teach the sector about inclusive service provision.

Come with your ideas, questions and challenges you would like to share, as we engage in an exploration of effective practice throughout the pandemic.

1:00 pm
Close of Day 1, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Day 1 concludes at 1pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

9:00 am
Online Login and Registration

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Hayley Rushton-Davis
Hayley Rushton-Davis
Disability Team Leader
University of Liverpool
Invited
9:40 am
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA): What’s Happened, Where We are and What’s Coming Up
  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on disabled students and the support they receive.
  • What can disabled students currently expect from their HEP and from DSA?
  • Scanning the horizon
Paul Higgs
Paul Higgs
Student Finance Directorate
Department for Education (DfE)
Confirmed
10:00 am
Interactive Q&A: Your DSA Questions Answered

In this session you can pose your questions on the DSA and raise your challenges with the Department for Education.

10:20 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

10:40 am
Panel Discussion: Enhancing Disability Services: How Do We Maximise Inclusive Design into Service Delivery?

In this session leading practitioners from across the sector will assess what an effective inclusive student support system looks like. The session will examine:

  • The role of high impact co-creation with students and those with lived experience
  • Supporting effective joined up thinking across all levels of an institution
  • The next steps for assistive technology for disabled students
  • Going beyond reasonable adjustments and supporting the delivery of universal design for learning
  • Reducing barriers to access and provision: How can the experience of disabled students be made easier?
Harriet Cannon
Harriet Cannon
Disability Advisory Team Manager and Autism Specialist
University of Leeds
Confirmed
Piers Wilkinson
Piers Wilkinson
HE Policy and Partnerships Lead
Diversity and Ability
Confirmed
Dr Lesley Black
Dr Lesley Black
Director of Student Services
University of Winchester
Confirmed
Marissa Hill
Marissa Hill
Head of Disabled Student Support
Sheffield Hallam University
Confirmed
11:40 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:00 pm
Workshop Series: Delivering Enhanced Teaching and Learning Outcomes for Disabled Students

In this workshop series you will participate in interactive live sessions to discuss and learn how best to overcome implementation challenges in enhancing teaching and learning outcomes for disabled students.

You will be able to choose one of three sessions. Come with your questions, challenges and ideas as our session leaders deliver learning outcomes and share key insights that you can take away and implement within your own organisation.

Workshop A: Designing Successful Approaches to Inclusive Assessment Design and Delivery
Joel Staley
Joel Staley
Disability Service Manager
University of Bath
Invited
Workshop B: Sharing Key Tips and Tools that Will Improve the Impact of Your Assistive Technologies
Michele Farmer
Michele Farmer
Digital Accessibility Technologist CMALT
University College London
Confirmed
Workshop C: Emerging from Covid: How Can we Better Support Disabled Students Returning to Campus Life?
Ruth Cottam
Ruth Cottam
Disability Services Coordinator
Nottingham Trent University
Invited
Close of Day 2, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Day 2 concludes at 1pm

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for Higher Education sector. Those in attendance will include:

  • Heads of Disability Services
  • Heads of Student Services
  • Heads of Disability Resource Centres
  • Heads of Student Wellbeing
  • Directors of Student Experience
  • Disability Advisors
  • Student Engagement Managers
  • Senior Lecturers
  • EDI Managers
  • Support Managers

Pricing

  • Online Conference Rate (Public Sector)
    £295 + VAT
  • Online Conference Rate (Voluntary Sector)
    £245 + VAT
  • Online Conference Rate (Private Sector)
    £395 + VAT
For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]