TASO is working with the University of Lincoln on a project that seeks to explore what works to reduce equality gaps for disabled students in Higher Education (HE).

Having an understanding of the evidence and where gaps lie in existing research will help shape the next phase of the project, where we will decide which interventions to prioritise for impact evaluation.

The project marks the beginning of TASO’s work in this area, after announcing its new theme 4 (Mental Health and Disability) earlier this year. The decision to commission projects on mental health and disability came as a result of a prioritisation process which included consultation with a range of sector stakeholders.

What are we doing?

The project will begin with a rapid review of the evidence around the impact of different interventions used to support disabled students. To support the findings of this review, the University of Lincoln will administer a survey and carry out a consultation with key stakeholders from across the sector to explore which interventions and approaches are currently being used and how institutions are measuring the outcome and impact of this activity.

The University of Lincoln team is co-led by Professor Carol Evans (Visiting Professor at Cardiff and Southampton Universities) and Dr Xiaotong Zhu (Research Fellow, University of Lincoln’s Higher Education Research Institute (LHERI)), supported by a strong team comprising Will Cheetham, Gemma Ruff and Olivia Smith, who are studying at under/postgraduate levels at the University of Lincoln. They were selected to undertake the project after an open call for partners. All applications were assessed by the TASO Research and Evaluation Team.