Disabled Students Stakeholders Group

The Disabled Students Stakeholders Group (DSSG) advises and supports the delivery of specialist support to disabled students.

The purpose of the group is to:

  • Review and monitor the application processing arrangements for the service to disabled students at key points in the annual application cycle in order to:
    • bring external insights and experience to bear in identifying and resolving issues
    • raise concerns and challenge processes
    • support SLC through joining-up communications to students and any other appropriate actions to help achieve the smooth delivery of the Disabled Students Allowances (DSA) service
  • Provide specialist input into the Information, Advice and Guidance developed specifically to explain DSA
  • Review changes and improvements to the DSA service to gain the expert advice and input of stakeholders regarding the design of changes and improvements.

Membership

Independent Chair

Alan Hurst

Alan Hurst

AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation

Ben Bailey

AMOSSHE

Assistive Technology Subgroup Chair

Catherine Salisbury

Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education

Lisa Cooper

ADSHE

Association of NMH Provider

Fiona Valentine

The Consortium of Higher Education Support Services with Deaf Students

Lynne Barnes

CHESS

Department for Education

Various

DfE

Disabled Students Allowance Quality Assurance Group

Karen Docherty

DSA-QAG

Welsh Government

Meinir Collyer

WG

Independent Assessment Centres

Paul Diley

IAC

National Association of Disability Practitioners

Paddy Turner

NADP

National Association of Student Money Advisers

Mo Onyett

NASMA

National Network of Assessment Centres

Lesley Morrice

NNAC

National Union of Students

Natasha Dhumma

NUS

SpLD Assessment Standards Committee

Lynn Greenwold

SASC

University Mental Health Advisors Network

Dan Doran

UMHAN

Autism and Uni Project

Marc Fabri

Student Loans Company

various

SLC

Meeting dates

The Disabled Students Stakeholders Group meets quarterly with more frequent communication, as necessary, during peak periods in the academic cycle.

Key agenda points from the previous meeting

05 December 2017

The group received an operational update on SFE and SFW Disabled Students Allowances applications, noting that 2017/18 applications were being processed within agreed service levels. It was highlighted that around 20% more SFE DSA applications had been received for 2017/18 compared with the same point last year and the group explored possible reasons for the increase, identifying that a growth in the awareness of mental health issues could be a key factor, as this was a real trend universities were picking up throughout the student population.

The group have offered to support SLC training, by providing specialist knowledge and expertise to contact advisers working with disabled student customers. Updates were also provided from DfE, the Welsh Government and DSA QAG.

If you have a question regarding the DSSG please contact partner_services@slc.co.uk. If you have an item you would like raised at the next meeting of the DSSG please contact your relevant DSSG representative.