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This report presents the findings of research commissioned to establish existing levels of support for disabled students in the sector and how these vary across institutions, and to identify good practice. The research was carried out by the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds as part of our review of our policy as it relates to disabled students.

The research had three broad strands of work:

  1. A historical review of the impact of changes to legislation and funding arrangements for the HE sector since the publication of our 'Guidance on base-level provision for disabled students in higher education institutions' (HEFCE 99/04) in 1999.
  2. A review of research undertaken to date regarding disabled students in higher education, to include an assessment of the robustness and reliability of published data.
  3. Evidence from a survey and case studies to provide us with up-to-date information on the policies and practices being adopted by institutions as well as data collection issues that institutions face.