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Inclusive support

HEFCE has doubled its funding to help disabled students in 2016-17 and 2017-18, from £20 million to £40 million. 

According to the social model, the barriers to participation and success for disabled students come not from the student but from society and its institutions, systems and processes. 

So part of the solution is more inclusive curricula, learning and teaching environments, and restructured support. 

Our funds aim to help universities and colleges move towards this more inclusive approach.


If you have questions or comments about this work, please contact Grace Simpson, tel 0117 931 7380.

Guidance for inclusive practice

The Government has now published guidance on inclusive practice in this area. The guidance: 

  • details the benefits of inclusive practice to higher education providers
  • provides examples of simple actions to affect change
  • explains how providers can adopt a strategic approach to reasonable adjustments. 

The guidance was developed by the Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group (DSSLG), supported by the Department for Education. 

The group aims to provide support for the higher education sector in responding to changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), and guidance around providing inclusive learning environments. 

Review of models of support for disabled students

To assess the impact of the current support for disabled students and the extent to which providers are transitioning to more inclusive models of support, HEFCE has commissioned a comprehensive review.

The review will report in summer 2017. Its evidence will inform our approach to funding, and include good practice for the sector.

The Institute for Employment Studies will carry out the review with Researching Equity, Access and Participation at Lancaster University.

Page last updated 30 January 2017

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