Category Archives: Disability

Greenwich Students Offer Big Plans to Charlton Athletic

Improvements to disabled facilities at Charlton Athletic’s stadium are among the ideas pitched to the club by students from the University of Greenwich.

The students, who have all just graduated from the university’s School of Architecture & Construction, met with representatives from the Championship club and its Community Trust to discuss their ideas to improve The Valley’s away section in the South Stand.

Christine Gausden, Senior Lecturer at the university, says: “The students were set a brief which required them to come up with proposals to improve the seating arrangements for disabled supporters in the south stand at The Valley. They were also asked for ways to maximise the benefit on non match days from the strip of land in Valley Grove, which is currently leased by the club from the Thames Water Authority, for use as a match day car park. More …


Honorary Awards for Baroness Amos and Baroness Grey-Thompson

Baroness-Amos-and-Baroness-Grey-ThompsonThe University of Greenwich is awarding honorary degrees today (Tuesday 30 July) to Baroness Amos, the first black woman to become a Cabinet minister, and to champion Paralympic athlete Baroness ‘Tanni’ Grey-Thompson.

They are both being honoured in graduation ceremonies taking place at Rochester Cathedral.  More …


Different Backgrounds Lead to Different Student Experiences of HE

HEFCE’s recent report Higher education and beyond: outcomes from full-time first degree study highlights that students experience and benefit from higher education differently depending on their background. The report looks at degree attainment and subsequent employment of students from the 2006/07 cohort.

The report highlights that disabled students receiving Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) are more likely to achieve a 1st or 2:1 degree than disabled students who don’t receive DSA. On completion of their first degree, they are also more likely to be in employment or further study, and more likely to be in a graduate job.

The report also adds to the growing body of evidence that students from minority ethnic backgrounds have a different experience of HE from their white peers. This points to the need for more inclusive curriculum design, assessments and culture.

Equality Challenge Unit have produced guidance in response to the report, found at:

Get Involved – Young People’s Mental Health Advisory Panel

Time To Change are looking for young people to join their Young People’s Advisory Panel

Are you aged 16-25, from London or the South East, and passionate about ending mental health stigma and discrimination? You could be a part of the Young People’s Advisory Panel.

The Time to Change Young People’s Advisory Panel will contribute to the various activities of Time to Change including the marketing campaign, leadership and education programmes and social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The panel will consist of a core group of up to 30 young people representing a cross section of youth socieites and communities.

You don’t have to have any kind of work experience, panel experience, or experience of mental health problems to join. You just need to be happy to share some of your time with us and able to work well in a group of people with different opinions and experiences.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please download the full role description, and complete and return the application form. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Dave at We look forward to hearing from you!

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Autistic Teenager Tipped for Nobel Prize

A teenager who was diagnosed with autism and told he would never be able to read has been tipped as a future Nobel prize winner.

Jacob Barnett, who was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at two years old, is now studying for a Master’s degree in quantum physics.

Experts say the student from Indiana has an IQ higher than Albert Einstein’s.

His mother Kristine Barnett, author of The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius, told BBC Breakfast she initially found it hard to get Jacob the right education.

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Time to Change (T2C) Videos

A collaborative project between Bournemouth University, the local Trust, Dorset Mental Health Forum and Dorset HealthWatch has produced a collection of 3 short films featuring people who live and work/study in Dorset sharing their stories of their personal recovery from mental health issues.

Speaking up – Time to Change Dorset (T2C) Film 1

You can recover – Time to Change Dorset (T2C) Film 2

Stronger, better, person – Time to Change Dorset (T2C) Film 3

There is also an attitudes to mental health issues survey ( which aims to look at people’s experience to establish whether watching any of these videos has started to change or reinforce existing attitudes towards mental health issues.

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – May 2013

This month is Mental Health Awareness Month, being celebrated in England between 23 and 30 May. With this in mind we have chosen Stephen Fry as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Stephen is well known for his variety of talents including; being an actor, quiz show host, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director, activist, and board member of Norwich City Football Club. However, what is less known about Stephen is that he suffers from Bipolar Disorder.  He was finally diagnosed when he was 37 years old having experienced mental health problems for much of his life.

He has spoken publicly about his experience with bipolar disorder, which was also depicted in the documentary ‘Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive’. During the programme, he was dismayed to discover the extent of prejudice surrounding mental health problems;

“I want to speak out, to fight the public stigma and to give a clearer picture of mental illness that most people know little about.

“Once the understanding is there, we can all stand up and not be ashamed of ourselves, then it makes the rest of the population realise that we are just like them but with something extra.”

He is involved with the mental health charity Stand to Reason and is a celebrity supporter of the mental health charity ‘Time to Change’.


Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – April 2013

April is Autism Awareness month and with this in mind we have chosen Luke Jackson as our Inspirational Diversity Champion.

Luke Christopher Jackson is a British author who rose to fame at the age of 13, when he wrote a book from first-hand experience about his life with Asperger syndrome. In the book, entitled ‘Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence’, Luke writes about his younger autistic and ADHD brothers, providing amusing insights into the antics of his younger years and advice for parents, carers and teachers of children with Asperger’s.

Luke’s main reason for writing was because “so many books are written about us, but none are written directly to adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. I thought I would write one in the hope that we could all learn together”.  The book created a sensation and greatly increased general awareness of the condition.

Luke left school at the age of 14 “after completely having had enough”. He has since been singing and playing in a band, has written two further books and has appeared in documentaries about Autism.