University for the Creative Arts Students’ Union (UCASU) won HE Students’ Union of the Year award last night at the NUS Disabled Students Awards in Manchester.
The award was accepted by Farnham President Becky Dann and Rochester President Tasmin Brindley who have been attending the NUS Disabled Students conference throughout this week.
"As soon as I won Campus President for Farnham I knew that I wanted to continue to speak out for disabled students at UCA and have met students in all four campuses to try and make change," said Becky.
"I am absolutely delighted that last night we won HE Union of the year and have been recognised for the progress made this year! I'm so sad to be leaving in June and hope that the work continues through my successors alongside UCA."
This is an exciting award for UCASU, as it recognises the big steps towards inclusivity the organisation has worked with the university throughout the year, including:
- Introducing compulsory training for all new academic staff on how to teach in an inclusive way to all students
- Ensuring that all notes and teaching materials are made available and distributed to students at the beginning of lectures
- Holding 2 of 6 places on the university’s Inclusivity Working Group, which works to ensure that the government Disabled Students Allowance cuts have as little impact on UCA students as possible
- Introducing the Invisible Disability badges to campus to work towards raising awareness and knowledge of ‘invisible’ disabilities
Image credit: UCASU Invisible Disability badge, Andy Squire