Barriers to learning

A systematic study of the experience of disabled students in one university

Mary Fuller*, Mick Healey, Andrew Bradley, Tim Hall

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This article reports the findings from a survey of all self-reported disabled students in a single UK higher education institution. Undertaken as the initial phase of a project that focuses upon students' experience of learning in higher education, it is one of the first systematic analyses to be undertaken of the experience that disabled students in higher education have of barriers to learning. The article reports both statistical data about the quality and variety of 173 students' experience of learning as well as qualitative comments from the students about learning and assessment. Analysis of the survey points to the need for attention to be paid to issues of parity and flexibility of provision and to staff development in making the 'reasonable adjustments' required by recent disability legislation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-318
Number of pages16
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

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