Disabled Students' Network

About the network

We are a student-led representative network operated under the Students' Union, intended to provide advice/support for students with disability/accessibility difficulties during their studies, and provide an inclusive safespace that helps others develop a sense of belonging at Staffs, and give them opportunities to make new friends; by organising socials, meetings, and (on occasion) fundraisers for various charities.

We strive to form a more inclusive experience for students, especially for those with disabilities and/or mental health difficulties, by listening to your feedback and concerns regarding accessibility and/or support, and ensuring the right people acquire this feedback to act on it. We are also a community who enjoy the company of others who like us wish to be treated fairly and equally, through joining our student group(s) you will not only be given a voice, but also an opportunity to make friends.

If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact the committee (Nick Heywood, Amy Smith), or reach us via social media/email.

About the committee

Network Manager - Nick Heywood

Hello, I have been involved with the network for multiple years during my time at Staffs, I care about helping people, especially people with disabilities or learning difficulties; since I attended a special needs high school in my teens, and also have a disability myself. As Manager, I aim to provide an inclusive environment for current students and staff, by providing a safe space, and introducing students to staff that can help them with their academic queries during their studies.

If you wish to contact me on my Committee Facebook, I hope you are well, and that you enjoy your time at Staffs!

Communications Officer - Amy Smith

Hi there, helping people with disabilities/accessibility difficulties has been important to me for quite a while now, prior to starting university, I worked and studied around health, including being a supervisor at a special needs school, and a carer; which has continued into my uni years. Supporting people with disabilities/accessibility difficulties is important to me, as I feel that having the right support in place is the key to an individual's success, and I am fully aware that not everyone knows who to go to or where to turn for help. As Communications Officer of the network, I hope to help and support students in their time of need and promote positivity. 

My point of contact other than the email provided will be my Committee Facebook. I look forward to meeting you all and I hope everyone has a great year ahead :) 

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