The Disabled Students’ Network (DSN) is a subcommittee of the SRC dedicated to representing disabled students, signposting support, hosting events, and running campaigns that provide community to disabled students and promote an understanding of disability.
As a Union subcommittee, every matriculated student is automatically a member. Everyone is welcome at our events, regardless of whether they have a disability.
DSN runs events throughout the year, including social events for disabled students, informational events, and events focused on raising awareness of disability and the experiences of disabled people. In semester one, we run Disability Pride Week. All of our events are free and open for any student to attend. Details of events will be shared through our social media, newsletter, and the Union's events calendar.
If you're looking for advice or to join a supportive community of other disabled students, please feel free to join the Disabilities in St Andrews Facebook group. It is open to any current or incoming student who has a disability.
Our committee meetings are also open for any student to attend, whether you would just like listen in, have an idea for an event or project, or have an issue you would like to raise with us. Our meetings take place at 5pm every Thursday during semester. If you would like to come along, email [email protected] and we can add you to the call!
Support and resources for disabled students
The Disability Team supports students with a whole range of disabilities, including but not limited to: autism, ADHD, specific learning difficulties, mental health conditions, chronic illness, physical disabilities, and vision or hearing impairments. You can contact the Disability Team to discuss your needs and the support available by emailing [email protected]. Find out more about the support available for disabled students on the University's disabilities page.
Starting university can cause a lot of changes, and with new subjects and environments you might need adjustments you have not had before. We encourage every disabled student to discuss their needs with the Disability Team and find out about the support available.
Each school also has a Disability Coordinator. The Disability Team puts together a plan for adjustments that your School Disability Coordinator and Module Coordinators put in place in your department. Find out about them at here.
There are Access Guides for University buildings on a service called AccessAble. You can find them all here.
Our online guide to the support and resources available for disabled students, including information about the DSN: Disability Guide
- SRC Disability Officer: Jane Elizabeth Yarnell
- Deputy Convenor: Kristina Kumpf
- Secretary: Athena Buchan
- Treasurer: Catherine Essex
- Events Officers: Jasmine Williams and Gabriela Maciejasz
- Publicity Officers: Laura Bullen and Georgia Lonie
- Neurodiversity Representative: Liam King
- Physical Disabilities Representative: Kate Connoly
- Mental Health Representative: Julia Ruiz Rua
- Chronic Illness Representative: Kirsty MacDonald
- Accessibility Officer: Maeve Slack-Watkins
- Education Representative: Hannah Govier
- Association Director of Wellbeing: Anna-Ruth Cockerham
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