BIS Release DSAs Equality Analysis

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published their long awaited DSAs Equality Analysis: ‘Disabled Students’ Allowances: Equality Analysis’ [opens PDF]. An equality impact assessment is mandated by law to ensure that public bodies give due regard to equality issues in decision making. This is an extensive 80 page document. BIS have also released an […]

Student Loans Company FOI request receives formal response

On the 9th October, the Student Loans Company responded to an FOI request entitled ‘Disabled Students’ Allowances – HEI arrangements with NMG suppliers’ made by Dexter Johnstone on September 17th. The original request states: “Please publish the results of the exercise you carried out between April and June 2013 to clarify arrangements for the provision of Non-Medical Helpers (NMH) […]

Leading advisory service on technologies for disabled students is to close

Jisc TechDis, the leading advisory service on technologies for accessibility and inclusion to support disabled students and staff in the UK, is to close. TechDis is currently hosted by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). In July, the HEA were informed by Jisc that this arrangement will cease on 31 December 2014.  As a result, Jisc TechDis will no longer exist as a separate, […]

NUS Manifesto pledge to protect DSAs

On Monday 6th October, the National Union of Students launched their manifesto for the 2015 general election. The ‘New Deal for the Next Generation’ manifesto includes a pledge to preserve Disabled Students’ Allowances as one of their 10 education priorities: We want government to protect and improve the Disabled Students Allowance The manifesto as a whole […]

HEFCE respond to statement on changes to DSAs

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have issued a response to today’s written ministerial statement announcing the deferral of DSA cuts until 2016. This refers to ongoing research relating to disabled students, and funding for disabled students in HE. The following key points are covered: In February 2014, BIS asked HEFCE to review […]

Breaking: Government suspend changes to DSAs until 2016

Today, Greg Clark MP, the universities and science minister, made a written ministerial statement on DSAs [PDF] stating that changes will now be suspended until 2016-17. Clark states: During the Summer I and the Minister of State for Disabled People have listened carefully to suggestions from representatives of disabled students. I have also listened to […]

Disabled Student’s Allowances Update: July Digest

With the Summer break, there has been a hiatus in posts here at the DSAs Observatory. In early July we posted on BIS policy updates to DSAs: (10 July 2014) and the 2nd July parliamentary debate on Disabled Student’s Allowances: transcript. However, there have been some key developments relating to cuts and changes to DSAs over the course […]

BIS policy updates to DSAs: 10 July 2014

Today (Thursday 10th July 2014) the BIS Stakeholder Team released the following update on DSAs for 2015/16 entry. As the document cannot be sourced online, the update is quoted here in full below, from a circulated Word document. To receive updates on changes to DSAs directly from BIS, contact Policy updates to DSA for 2015/16 […]

BIS publish update on DSA changes: 25 June 2014

On the 25th June, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills published an update supplying some clarifications and detail on proposed cuts to Disabled Students’ Allowances. This follows consultation within higher and further education sectors, and disability, student and professional organisations. At present, we do not have a full reference for this statement. We will add this […]