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 […]

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 […]

Westminister Hall debate on DSAs, 2nd July

Changes to Disabled Students’ Allowances will be debated in the House of Commons in ‘Westminster Hall’ debate on Wednesday 2nd July from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Debates in Westminster Hall give more time for individual MPs to raise issues of importance to them with a series of Private Members’ adjournment debates. Many MPs have expressed their concern about […]

Commons Library Standard Note: Changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

On the 12 June 2014, the House of Commons Library issued a ‘Standard Note’ on changes to DSAs. This briefing document supplies an overview of ‘areas of concern and includes debate and comment on the proposals’ with a view to informing Members of Parliament in support of their parliamentary duties. Parliamentary Questions The Standard Note also reports parliamentary debate […]