Experiences of Disabled Students

Video series: Live Q&As with students


On accessibility at Oxford and Cambridge.


Student representatives from the Oxford SU Disabilities Campaign and the Cambridge SU Disabled Students' Campaign answer your questions about their experiences as disabled students at Oxbridge.

Thomas (Physics, Oxford)
Aerin (Law, Oxford)
Anna (Archaeology, Cambridge)
Tiri (Medicine, Oxford)
Lottie (English, Cambridge)
Elia (Natural Sciences, Cambridge)

00:00:01 - Introduction
00:00:13 - Introduction to InsideUni
00:00:26 - Introduction to event

00:00:52- Introduction to panel members and disabilities campaigns

00:03:15 - Introduction to Section 1: Pre-submitted Questions
00:03:21 – Have you found there is a good community of disabled students and Oxford and Cambridge, and what is this like?
00:04:56 - Are university buildings accessible, and what about other places in Oxford and Cambridge?
00:09:47 - Are lecturers, supervisors and tutors willing to make accessibility arrangements?
00:12:45 - Have you found that you’ve been able to get involved with all aspects of university life, and are university events accessible? (Note: AccessiBall scheme was a new initiative intended to be implemented at many, subsequently cancelled, May Balls this year, but is likely to be in place for future years.)
00:16:29 - Have you participated in sports at a university level? (Oxford Sports Fed - https://www.sport.ox.ac.uk/club-support)
00:20:44 - Does the university provide support for mental health conditions as well as physical?
00:24:07 - Is there any additional financial assistance for disabled students? (Disabled Students’ Allowance - https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-...)
00:27:06 - Are disabled students entitled to specific arrangements for exams?
00:32:57 - Is the application process any different for disabled students, and did you have to disclose your disability?
00:36:03 - Did you worry about applying to Oxford or Cambridge as a disabled student?
00:42:57 - Did your specific needs impact your college choice, and how did you decide which college to apply to?

00:46:49 - Introduction to Section 2: One piece of advice to disabled applicants

00:51:46 – Conclusion/thanks/closing