Disabled Students' Commission

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 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.

Group membership

The members of the Disabled Students' Commission are:

Sean Cullen Disability Officer, Brunel University (student voice commissioner)
Susan Daniels Chief Executive Officer, National Deaf Children’s Society (general commissioner)
Professor Sarah Greer Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of Worcester (general commissioner)
Patrick Johnson Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Manchester (general commissioner)
Professor Deborah Johnston Pro-Director (Learning and Teaching) and Professor in Development Economics, SOAS University of London (general commissioner) 
Professor Geoff Layer Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton (Chair of the Disabled Students' Commission)
Chris Millward Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students (OfS representative)
Piers Wilkinson Disabled Students’ Officer, National Union of Students (student voice commissioner)

Dr Sam Parrett, Chief Executive Officer and Group Principal of London South East Colleges, has been appointed as a further education adviser to the commission.

Group secretariat

Advance HE are managing the Disabled Students' Commission.

Further information on the DSC’s work and commissioners can be found on Advance HE's website.

Terms of reference

Last updated 09 March 2020
09 March 2020
Announced commissioners and group secretariat of the DSC

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