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LINK Conference 2011, 5th & 6th July, University of Antwerp

“The only disability in education is the reluctance to change.”  This conference is organised by SIHO (Stuenpunt Inclusief Hodger Onderwijs) and LINK (Learning Inclusively Network + Know-how).

The aim of the conference is to bring together experts, professionals and students from across Europe and beyond to share knowledge and experience in the field of disability in higher education. Speakers will range from students sharing their stories and ideas, to professionals presenting the latest innovations and research.

Topics covered will include:
• Influencing Policy Making
• Promoting Student Involvement and Empowerment
• Embedding Best Practices
• Inclusive Teaching and Learning
• Access to Education & a Professional Career
• Increasing Participation in International Mobility and Exchange Programme

Click on link for conference program: Antwerp Conference Programme

Events and Conferences, Inclusion

(Re)thinking inclusivity in higher education event

Call for presentations and bookings to participate in forum to share ‘inclusive’ practice within higher education, 4th April 2011 at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sheffield Hallam University, in partnership with both Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Sheffield, is delighted to be hosting this unique and free one-day event. This Show ‘n’ Share Fair will provide an opportunity for staff to network, share “inclusive” practice and generate new ideas to enhance innovation in teaching practice and support for all students, embracing the diversity each student brings into the realm of higher education.

You are invited to submit a proposal to present and share an aspect of your “inclusive” practice with interested colleagues. This is an opportunity for our colleagues to learn first-hand and ask questions about the uniqueness of your teaching and support practice which engages students from diverse backgrounds. For more information about submitting a proposal please click here.

Of course, one does not have to show ‘n’ share something to attend this event. If interested in only attending and witness the various inclusive and innovative teaching and practices that are occurring in our very own institutions, please register click here.

Click here for more specific information on event

DRF News

The Lord Browne Report and possible implications for Disability Studies in UK?

The Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, which was launched on the 9th November 2009, was finally published today. The review was tasked with making recommendations to the UK Government on the future of fees policy and financial support for full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students.

We draw attention to page 25 of the report, there is a distinction drawn between ‘priority’ courses (e.g. medicine, engineering, science) and ‘cheaper courses’.  Is Disability Studies in UK a ‘priority course’?