Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

In 2015/16, 11.3% of all undergraduates disclosed a disability, just under half of those (42%) applied for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) (ECU, 2017)

We know that outcomes are typically worse for students who have declared a disability and who are not in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance (HEFCE, 2017). Our current activities and resources are developed through the Disability Working Group with the intention of raising awareness of support and access arrangements available to ensure a smooth transition to university.

In 2020, 78% of learners participating in our Year 12 Preparing to Progress programme said they felt more confident about applying for the Disability Support Allowance (DSA), and of those who reported that they weren’t aware of the DSA (38%), 94% reported that they intended to apply.

The Disability Working Group has been in existence since 2014. Sector representatives advise, peer review, develop and deliver collaborative activity through the network.

“I didn’t know what I didn’t know before I came here if that makes sense?”
Learner, Wandsworth, Yr 12 Transitions conference


If your learners are thinking of applying to university or have just applied click on our Preparing to Progress: Transition Support for SEND programme.

Here, support staff across a range of Universities will guide you through your essential need to knows and current students share give their own ‘top tips’ for planning next steps including:

  • Assistive technology
  • Disclosing a disability
  • Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
  • My journey through HE
  • Support Services

Learners & Practitioners

Want to find out about the different support available across London universities and bust the jargon? Visit unifish, Aimhigher London’s online one-stop directory to find out and compare what’s on offer.


Anticipate and Adjust: Creating a digitally accessible environment

Aimhigher London held a session in April 2021 in collaboration with Microlink titled Anticipate and adjust: Creating a digitally accessible environment, as part of our Learning in Lockdown CPD series. Attendees discovered how Digital Accessibility, the standards, and the technology available to ensure content is compliant with PSBAR, explored the barriers that disabled people may encounter when using websites, mobile apps, digital documents and discovered the solutions to support practitioners.

Disability Inclusive Practice Award (Universities)

If you work in a university setting and are proud of the work your institution is doing to celebrate inclusive practice, why not nominate them for our Disability Inclusive Practice Award? In partnership with Disability Rights UK. Applications will reopen in 2022.

For further details about SEND programmes contact: Suzanne Marchment
email: s.marchment@kingston.ac.uk tel: 020 8417 7563