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Policy on Paid Services

DSUK will not provide services where

  • Our services will be used in a way that does not benefit our members or has a net negative impact on our members
  • We are not fairly compensated for our work
  • Our name will be used without our expertise having any real influence (tokenism)

Disabled Students UK contains some of the UK’s leading experts in HE accessibility, with years of experience in research, public speaking and consulting.

Yet many of us have been asked to do unpaid labour for years, to provide free access consulting for our department or university. Ultimately such requests originate from the idea that access for disabled students is charity rather than a right.

We do not work pro-bono when dealing with established organisations. As an organisation we need to generate income in order for our work to be sustainable. We also recognize our own expertise and worth on the market. Not only do we have some of the UK’s leading experts but we have data that is unique in the sector, a reach that is unique in the sector and hence insight that is unique in the sector. 

We come to clients neither from above nor below but as partners, ready to offer services they need.

Disabled Students UK contains some of the UK’s leading experts in HE accessibility, with years of experience in research, public speaking and consulting. In addition to our charitable work with and for disabled students, we provide a number of paid services for organisations, bodies, businesses, charities and institutions. To enquire about our services and pricing please contact us at [email protected]

Our Services

Public speaking

We have extensive experience speaking at events and conferences, working with organisations and bodies like Westminster Insight, NADP, WonkHE, Disability Rights Advice TV and the International Network of Inclusive Practice. We ensure that the disabled student perspective is represented at events concerning areas that impact disabled students and can speak on a variety of topics such as individual experiences, university/SU structures and our research. Here is a presentation we created for a conference on Mental health in Higher Education in April 2021

Research services

Research is one of our biggest strengths. Our report on the COVID-19 impact on disabled students was widely distributed in the sector and has been highlighted in parliamentary contexts and included in publications by various commissions. Our evidence-based approach has attracted significant interest from key stakeholders, resulting in invitations to collaborate with the Disabled Students’ Commission and present at the APPG for Disability. For clients we are able to provide premium access to our research conclusions and lend our expertise to research projects, both for accessibility consultants and university-based researchers.

Marketing

We maintain a large community of disabled students and can help you circulate your survey or opportunity. We work with researchers, recruitment agencies, consulting companies and more. Our last disabled student survey received over 300 responses. If you would like to increase your reach or access to the views of disabled students, contact us for customised pricing.

Training

We are able to deliver training on a variety of topics such as an ableism 101 workshop, the relationship between disability law and the student experience, disability history and the support and engagement of disabled students at university. Each training session can be tailored to the individual needs of your university or Students’ Union. 

As an example, we are delivering a session within the NUS Lead & Change 2021 programme on how to support disabled students and how to tackle some of the key issues from the perspective of incoming sabbatical officers.

Consulting

We provide consultation to university stakeholders who want to improve accessibility at their institution but would like assistance in how best to achieve this. Disabled Students UK assists universities to gain access to disabled students’ knowledge of what good access looks like and how it’s implemented.

We provide universities with a flexible framework on a structural level by creating a bridge between key staff members and disabled students at their own institutions and giving them the tools to communicate effectively with each other.

As an organisation, we have extensive experience working with both university staff and decision-makers, and all of our consultants have lived experience working for accessibility within Higher Education. This gives our consultants the unique ability to see the issue from both sides and help individuals work effectively together toward a common goal.

We believe in laying the groundwork for long term collaboration with disabled students which can provide the institution with a sustainable way forward. Our vision is to enable staff and disabled students to come together and work toward a truly accessible institution.

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