We’re delighted to publish the PGR Disability and Wellbeing Report, a piece of work led by Gemma Delafield (an Accessibility Rep) and the Disabled and Chronically Ill Network. The report will be used to raise awareness for the issues many face in the PGR community, including lack of sick pay, discrimination and harassment and the difficulty of accessing support.
The report has received support from the Provost, Prof Janice Kay, and the DVC for Research and Impact, Prof Neil Gow. The report and its recommendations was presented at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Board, and will soon be presented at the Doctoral College Management Group, and Research and Impact Executive Group in order to advocate for institutional change.
Penny Dinh, VP Education, said: "I'm delighted to see that an Accessibility Rep, a role I pledged to create in the 2019 Officer Election, has utilised their position to highlight the importance of wellbeing for PGR students, especially those with disabilities.”
Huge congratulations must go to Gemma and the Disabled and Chronically Ill Network for this really important piece of work. Gemma has provided an example of how important Accessibility Reps are in covering the experiences of students with specific learning disorders or physical disabilities within education. You can find your Reps here.
If you’d like to find out more about the Disabled and Chronically Ill Network or get involved, you can do so here.