For this campaign we're looking at what institutional changes we can create at Hallam. With such a large number of our cohort identifying as disabled (19.8%), we need to make sure Hallam is as accessible and inclusive as possible.
After our 2022/23 SSA College Officer, Dayo, pushed our Disabled Student Rights Policy through Union Council, we now have mandated support for disabled student rights at Hallam. We are working with Disabled Student Services, leading on a campaign to get inclusive practice as compulsory in delivery of teaching and support to students. Inclusive practice covers everything from subtitling recorded content to providing notes prior to teaching content. By having inclusive practice as our norm, we will be able to keep learning accessible and make sure disabled students' needs are met.
We are currently working with our Disabled Students' Rep, Cai, and Disabled Student Services to revise the current learning contract. Learning contracts are what are used within the University to make sure teaching and professional staff are aware of any adjustments or accommodations needed due to a student's disability. Currently, the learning contracts are difficult to understand and there is a lack of buy-in due to this. We'll be putting on focus groups in November 2023 to get students' feedback on what they want the new learning contracts to look like.