It was Trevor (French and English, 1955) and Vera (French and German, 1955) Bottomley’s shared love of the university where they met which led them to make an incredibly generous gesture to support its students – one with a very personal resonance.
The transition from school to university is one of the biggest steps into adulthood we take in our lives. For many it will be a potentially daunting experience already, but for anyone living with a disability it will seem only more so.
Thanks to the university’s wonderful Disability Support Services team, there is help immediately at hand. The team aims to create an inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment to the benefit of all students.
Its specialist service provides student-led support to enable disabled students to flourish as independent learners. One of its services supports students with autism.
Charlotte Round, Disability Adviser, explains how the summer school offered by the team helps to make a real difference: “We aim to give students the tools and information they need to reach their potential, and hopefully to ease anxieties before they make the move to university. Autistic students are recognised as a group of students for whom the transition to university can be especially challenging.
"This event has been running for five years and has supported over 150 students so far. As student attendance at the event continues to rise, we hope to continue meeting the needs of our incoming autistic students and to continue growing and developing our transition programme.