Visually impaired students visited Worcester University - The Worcester Observer

Visually impaired students visited Worcester University

Holly Clement 18th Jun, 2024   0

VISUALLY impaired students from local colleges visited the University of Worcester where they found out more about the transition to higher education.

Students from New College Worcester and the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford attended an information day organised by the University’s disability and dyslexia service.

The day included a mini lecture about the disabled students allowance grant and how to apply for it.

The university library service gave a talk about the support it can offer and how students can access resources.

The students had a touch tour around some of the accommodation on campus and a lecture theatre, giving them a chance to explore their surroundings in a more hands on way.

Catherine Williams, disability adviser at the University of Worcester, said: “Visually impaired students have so many extra considerations when going off to university, so it is really important they do all the right planning and that they understand how to arrange support in good time.

“We wanted to bring together all of the expertise we could so that we could offer the best advice and set up visually impaired students for success.

“It is harder for people with little or no vision to fully imagine a university if they have never been and if they can’t see the pictures in a prospectus or online.

“Experiencing a lecture theatre and having a touch tour of student accommodation is valuable in bringing it all to life.”


Rachael McGirr, psychology and health and social care teacher at New College Worcester, said: “One of our students in particular had previously written off going to university as they did not think it was possible for them to attend: after the VI Information Day, that student has been inspired to look into going to university now that they are aware of the support available for VI students, and hearing that it certainly is possible to be successful in university with a VI.”


Gerard Friery, employment and information, advice and guidance adviser at the Royal National College for the Blind, said: “The students all enjoyed the different aspects of the day, they considered it well paced and full of valuable advice and information as they plan their applications for 2025 university entry.”

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