Accessibility Officer 2021 – Plain Text Manifesto

Hello! I’m running to fill this year’s part-time Accessibility Officer role because I care about protecting the best interests of students at Uni of Leicester with accessibility needs, who deserve a better deal than they might be currently getting.

Between my personal experience with fluctuating health while completing a degree and experience in representing the student voice with the student magazine, I believe that I have the passion and empathy needed to make a good part-time officer.

Here are my main points:

Champion the current work of full-time officers in issues relating to accessibility

Including a compassionate approach to Mitigating Circumstances & blended learning, ensuring sports facilities are accessible to all, increasing participation of disabled students in activities and student voice.

Maintain accessible, recorded teaching – with more consistency across the university

My main priority as Accessibility Officer this year would be to ensure that the Ignite model of teaching is held to account from an accessibility lens.

Module handbooks currently state that lectures ‘will typically also be recorded’ but I would seek to ensure that all lectures (both in-person and live-streaming online) are recorded and uploaded with good quality audio and accurate captions.

I would aim to liaise with Course Reps across the university to ensure students are able to comfortably feed back on where accessibility needs are not being met.

A more fluid approach to remote learning for those that need it

Some departments currently require students to submit a mitigating circumstance request with evidence and “exceptional circumstances” to study online for this semester.

Requiring students to prove that they are ‘disabled enough’ or in an extreme enough circumstance to qualify is unnecessarily intrusive.

I would hope to help in facilitating a more flexible approach across the board where campus-based students may access remote alternatives already being held, when needed.

Not all disabilities are visible’ signs on all disabled toilets across campus

1 in 2 people with invisible disabilities have received negative comments in public for using accessible toilets, according to Crohns and Colitis UK.

Following in the footsteps of major supermarkets by introducing ‘not every disability is visible’ signage would encourage people to re-think before passing judgement and create a more inclusive environment for those with invisible illnesses.

Voting opens at 10am on Wednesday and closes at midday on Friday so you have a very limited window to vote in – you can cast your votes here:


OPINION: Tory votes against Free School Meals highlight the utter failures and indifference of our government

Leicester Student Magazine

Written by Ella Johnson

As schools enter October half term, 1.4 million disadvantaged children in the UK who would usually receive Free School Meals will not be receiving food vouchers as a result of the House of Commons vote this week.

After England and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford led a brilliantly successful campaign to have school children continue to receive support during the six-week summer holidays this year, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours List and was thanked by Boris Johnson, who stated in a televised briefing back in June, that he was “right to draw attention to this issue”. Yet, this week’s vote saw 322 MPs – including Mr Johnson himself – vote against the motion to extend this further outside of term time. As a direct result, thousands of children will go hungry this week. Thousands of families will face the dilemma of paying…

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