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University

Going to university

Going to university for the first time can be a daunting prospect, what with moving away from home and meeting a whole new set of friends. You can find articles from other students who stammer on this website under the tag 'University'.

As one student says, in 'Starting university':

"my last piece of advice is to enjoy yourself at university and take part in as much as possible"

Support

Universities are committed to creating an inclusive educational and social environment. Information, advice and support is offered to students through the student support services. These services usually have a disability officer with more specialist expertise who can provide support and advice to students and staff on assessment and adaptations for examinations.

Students who stammer may want some level of support and/or adaptions, both during the course and for example in oral tests. Even if stammering is not something the disability officer is used to dealing with, s/he or your personal tutor will often be a good person to talk to if you have problems with the stammer.

Frequently, it is BSA that gives support and advice to a student, and BSA also is likely to be contacted by staff that are anxious to fulfill the university’s commitment to inclusion, but are unsure of how to go about it. You or the university are welcome to contact our Education helpline.

Universities are subject to the Equality Act 2010. This means among other things they must make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities. Stammering will often be a 'disability' as defined in the Act.

If you stammer and you are concerned about the support available at a university you should contact the university department to discuss this before applying for the course.

'Stammerers Through University Campaign'

STUC logo: 'Stammerers Through University Campaign'Warwick undergraduate Claire Norman has set up a 'Stammerers Through University Campaign' to support students affected by stammering. The website is www.stuc-uk.org, and follow the campaign on twitter using @STUC_UK . Speaking Out article: The Stammerers Through University Campaign (STUC).