This reflects the institution’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, and in particular the ongoing support it offers students with epilepsy.
“The University has a number of students who live with epilepsy,” said Dr Lesley Black, Head of Wellbeing at the University of Winchester. “Epilepsy is a neurological condition that is easily misunderstood and we are aware that students with this diagnosis are often concerned about the availability of appropriate support. We hope that by achieving Epilepsy Friendly accreditation, we are giving a clear signal to students dealing with epilepsy that we understand many of the challenges and concerns they may be facing.”
Young Epilepsy identifies stress, alcohol, tiredness, lack of sleep and dehydration as common factors contributing to epileptic seizures – these situations may be more prevalent for a young person in higher education.
“I’m delighted that the ongoing commitment shown by the University’s disability team to develop an inclusive, supportive learning environment for our students has been recognised in this way,” added Dr Black.
In addition, staff are being offered free ongoing epilepsy training and the use of Young Epilepsy support resources to increase University-wide awareness of the effects that student life can have on young people suffering from the condition.
For more information about supporting students living with epilepsy, please email Sylvia Smallwood in the Student Services department at the University of Winchester at Sylvia.Smallwood@winchester.ac.uk