Disabled Students' Contribution Group

Are you a disabled student here at UoB?

We need your help to explore ideas that can make a real difference to the lives of disabled students on and off campus.

The Disabled Students’ Contribution Group (DSCG) provides the opportunity for you to share your experiences and ideas with key staff members and other students, helping to shape improvements that increase inclusivity and accessibility across campus and teaching.

Launched in November 2022, feedback from the group has led to physical access improvements, for example, through lift repairs, and new automated doors, as well as digital access improvements, such as through Intranet improvements, and wider processes have also been addressed such as improvements to the RAP process.

Your voice is important to us, and we want to hear from as many of you as possible. To find out more, why not come along to our next event? We meet several times throughout the academic year, and you can join in anytime. To receive updates and hear about when the next event is, use this link to sign up.

Heading – What will the sessions include?

Held either on campus, online or hybrid, these sessions will be driven by you – your voices and feedback will guide discussions on all things accessibility here at UoB. We aim to create a safe space for your voices to be heard and for feedback to be actioned.

The sessions also provide the opportunity for you to socialise with other disabled students on campus, network with key university staff members and hear from key speakers.

Importantly, you will be helping us to make a difference to improve the experiences of disabled students here at the University, for both present and future students!

What’s the Disabled Students’ Contribution Group?

The Disabled Students’ Contribution Group (DSCG) provides an opportunity for all UOB students with an impairment or disability to provide comments and information on your UoB experiences to ensure that those with different lived experiences can shape the future direction of the university’s provision and services.

These group sessions are important in informing the Accessibility Oversight Group which is chaired by the Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 

Why should I attend?

In these group discussions, you’ll have the opportunity to make your student voice heard and improve features on campus to make buildings, lecture and seminar rooms, and opportunities more accessible.

By being part of the group, you’ll also have the chance to:

  • Boost your CV
  • Gain recognition via The Birmingham Award
  • Meet and socialise with like-minded peers and students
  • Contribute to initiatives to enhance student experiences
  • And of course, indulge in some delicious refreshments and snacks!

What will the sessions include?

Usually held on campus, these sessions will be driven by you - your voices, opinions, and feedback will guide the discussions. We want to create a safe space for your voices to be heard and for feedback to be received before changes are implemented.

On top of this, these sessions are a chance for you to meet (and hopefully make friends) with other students on campus, hear welcome talks from key speakers and have a positive impact to the accessibility of the University of Birmingham campus. 

How can I be a part of it?

We encourage all students with a disability to attend these events so your voice is at the heart of positive changes. Whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate, international, or distance learner student, we welcome your opinions and feedback.

Register your interest now by completing our Disabled Students’ Contribution Group Interest Form. Meetings take place throughout the academic year. They will typically last a maximum of two hours and include a break. If you’re unable to attend any, or all, of the in-person sessions, don’t worry. Everyone who has joined the group will be kept updated, and there’ll still be ways to have your say. 

Hear from disabled students

Meet Olivia, a UoB student who has worked closely with the Disabled Students’ Contributions Group since its launch. In her blog, she sheds insight on the work that she has done and engaged with to enrich her experience at the University of Birmingham as a disabled student.

Read Olivia’s blog 


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