Kate Green MP puts DSA Questions to Government

Kate Green MP (Lab: Shadow Minister for Disabilities) has today put a series of questions to the Government on Disabled Student’s Allowances. The questions are available online as ‘Questions for Oral of Written Answer beginning on Wednesday 29th October 2014 (the ‘Questions Book’)’. Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 29th October 2014 [opens PDF]  […]

Event: Understanding the Changes to Disabled Students’ Allowances

Two Westminster Briefing events focussed on DSAs have been scheduled later this year in London and Manchester. Note: Westminster Briefings are not governmental or public events, they are arranged by Dods in association with The House Magazine. The events seek to raise understanding of changes to DSAs. Confirmed speakers include: Tracey Eldridge-Hinmers, Senior Associate, Veale Wasbrough Vizards […]

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 […]