I'm now into the 3rd week of my Student Academic Partnership with the Student Enabling Centre, and so far it's been a really good experince.
The project is a piece of research for the Student Enabling Centre to establish why some disabled students don't use the support they have been funded. As a disabled student myself, I've found the support I recieve such as mentoring and essential part of helping me to reach my full potential on my course, and now I'm entering the final year of my degree, it's more important to me than ever. However, I know not all disabled students feel this way.
I've spent the last two weeks of the project developing an interview schedule and other research tools, as well as looking at some of the existing statistics from the last 2 academic years to get an overall picture of how support such as tuition and mentoring is used. Yesterday, I started contacting students to ask them about their experiences, which was terrifying, but really good at the same time. I've had some very useful feedback so far, and I'm looking forward to speaking to more students over the next few weeks.