Representation of D/deaf students within Higher Education
Recent figures for HE students with disabilities show that 10.6% of registered students, at all levels of study, have some form of disability. Of those declaring a disability, 2.7% disclosed being deaf or having a serious hearing impairment.
The Discover UCL Summer School is a small step towards redressing the balance. It serves to equip D/deaf and hard of hearing participants for university life and further diversify UCL's student population.
DCAL and UCL Widening Participation work in partnership to deliver this 3-day residential summer school which is the only one of its kind delivered by a UK university. 'Discover UCL… ' has run annually since 2014, winning a national award for innovation in its first year from the Higher Education Liaison Officers Association (HELOA).
Our innovative programme uses UCL's world-class facilities and includes:
- Practical information sessions (UCAS personal statements, student finance, funding for disability support, etc)
- Mini lectures tailored to around the students' interests· D/deaf role model presentations
- Q&A sessions
- Advisory sessions specifically aimed at preparing young D/deaf people for university life
- Object-based learning sessions with UCL Museums
- Evening social activities to popular London attraction
Feedback from former attendees
" The Discover UCL summer school was one of the most influential and beneficial times of my life. I developed myself academically, met friends for life and most importantly learnt that even though I am deaf, university is a very real goal. Natasha, Year 12 student
" Will definitely help you make the right decisions for university with a taste of how it will be while you have fun. Renee, Year 12 student
" The Summer School provided everything - information on finance, support, meeting new people, gaining and sharing experiences. Holly, Year 12 student
" Great experience and lots of fun! You learn lots of new things! Calum, Year 12 student
" Really useful! I've learnt so much and am less anxious about university. Aaron, Year 12 student
To ensure full access to sessions, British Sign Language (BSL) - English interpreters and speech-to-text reporters are provided.
The cohort is chaperoned at all times by UCL staff who communicate in BSL and English.
2018 Summer School
The Programme: https://youtu.be/C6GPTdIQ8mY
Communication Support: https://youtu.be/GxwBn2YKzLs
2019 Summer School
15 fully-funded places on offer, dates to be confirmed. Expressions of interest can be registered here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/widening-participation/learners/secondary/discover-ucl-summer-school-ddeaf-and-hard-hearing-students