The Disabled Students' Commission (DSC) is a new, independent and strategic group that will advise, inform and influence higher education providers to improve support for disabled students.
The Commission will identify and promote approaches which work well for disabled students.
Why has the group been created?
The group has been set up to provide the independent challenge that is needed to make change happen across the English higher education sector. It replaces the Disabled Students' Sector Leadership Group (DSSLG).
With the introduction of reformed access and participation plans and the broad range of higher education provision across the sector, there is a fresh impetus to draw on best practice and to encourage initiatives that are proven to work for disabled students before, during and after their studies.
Professor Geoff Layer, who was previously Chair of the DSSLG, was appointed Chair of the Disabled Students' Commission in July 2019 by the Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore.
The Office for Students (OfS) was asked to nominate a commissioner and this will be Chris Millward, the OfS’s Director for Fair Access and Participation.
The Minister asked Professor Layer to work with the OfS to establish the commission. The OfS ran a recruitment campaign for commissioners, and invited organisations to apply to host the commission, in October 2019. We are now in the process of reviewing these applications.
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