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Podcast Series: Supporting Access to University

This three-part podcast addresses the common questions young people with additional needs have about applying to, choosing and attending university.

Alice McColl (NDTi’s Development Lead for Children & Young People) invites one of our Time to Talk participants, Ikra, to share her questions about applying to, choosing and attending university. Laura Kendell (Liaison Officer for Start to Success) answers by sharing what support and facilities Staffordshire University provides, so listeners can explore similar options at other universities too.

Part 1: Introductions (the Start to Success project, how to tell universities about your additional needs and being in control of the support you want). Read the transcript here.

Part 2: Choosing a University (expectations, transition days and location). Read the transcript here.

Part 3: Questions about Support & University Life (basics of Disabled Students Allowance, extra-curricular activities, mental wellbeing and support for those with visual impairments). Read the transcript here.

Through delivery of Time to Talk, we provided free, strength-based support for 54 young people with additional needs aged 16-25 across England. When they started with us, many of the participants had lost sight of their goals as a result of the disruption caused by the pandemic and were anxious about how to get their lives back on track. We provided support to help build their confidence, develop their aspirations for the future and find out more about options available to them.

Some of the participants were keen to go to university but had become uncertain about whether they could cope with the changes involved. We facilitated meetings with universities to ask questions and get more information about reasonable adjustments, allowances, and the support that disabled students and those with mental ill health can expect as they transition to Higher Education.

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