Changes to the Disabled Students Allowance in England, initially proposed in 2014, are now in place. They apply to new applicants to the allowance, regardless of their year of course entry. We expect students who have an existing allowance will to retain their existing support provision until the completion of their current course, but this is subject to confirmation from the Department for Education beyond 2017/18.
The detailed application guidance for the 2016/17 academic year clearly sets out the overarching intention that higher education providers should play an increasing role in disability provision and take steps to offer more inclusive provision; a HEFCE review has been proposed which will investigate HEI’s success in moving in this direction to inform future funding decisions.
For 2016/17 the day-to-day operational changes for colleagues to note are:
Overarching policy and funding changes to DSA policy in England:
The DSA will continue to be available and retains support for:
These changes apply to English students, but these students form a significant proportion of disabled students at Oxford, and very similar changes apply to NHS and Research Council funded students. No changes have yet been announced for students from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Please contact the Disability Advisory Service firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Disability Advisory Service
3 Worcester Street
Oxford, OX1 2BX