Nav is a mature student studying BA Theology, Religion and Ethics.
What was your transition like from college into university? What information did you need to consider at post 16?
I never had the chance to go to University because of personal circumstances. I am a mature student returning to education I felt hesitant and a bit conscious because of my age and disability. However, all the students in my class are lovely, respectful kind and caring.
What steps should you take before you get to university as a disabled student?
When applying for the student loan, there is a page which explains about applying for DSA. Its good to apply and have an assessment to see how you could get extra support. I did not know that I could get support with my learning by applying for the DSA grant to enable me to study regardless of my physical disability.
I was able to apply to get a grant for to get equipment to manage studying with my disability, I am grateful for this support, it made my learning experience manageable.
What support have you accessed through the disability support service? Did it cater for all of your needs?
I was able to apply to get a grant for to get equipment to manage studying with my disability, I am grateful for this support, it made my learning experience manageable. I cannot sit for long periods without being in pain. The equipment and support is helpful.
How did you go about disclosing your disability to the disability team, as well as your fellow course peers? Did you feel able to and comfortable to do so?
I realised there is a wellbeing service and they have been supportive, especially the advisor who has supported me since last year is amazing, proactive and resourceful. The support from Wellbeing team is excellent. The wellbeing department set up a learning plan and asked my consent to share the info with my lecturers and people concerned. I found this helpful I feel I supported and understood.
How does St Mary’s University respond to your diversity / neurodiversity?
Amazing, I feel welcomed and feel I am being treated equally.
What would your one piece of advice to be a prospective disabled university student who’s still in college, considering their options?
Follow your dream and aspirations to aim high and obtain a degree, there is amazing support for all students regardless of any disability.
Due to personal circumstances in life, I never had the opportunity to go to University I always wanted to do a degree and now it feels wonderful to have the opportunity.