External Disability News
Contributions by University staff/student reps (academics, Athena SWAN groups, CAPOD, HR, E&D):
Without accessible conferences, we lose the voices of disabled academics (article in The Guardian).
Man down: why do so many suffer depression in silence? (article in The Guardian).
As a deaf student, I'm used to being excluded. Universities must do better. What is it like being deaf at university? There’s no universal experience – but institutions need to do more to accommodate us (article in The Guardian).
From Syria to St Andrews (20 Jun 2017)
Haian Dhukan left Syria in 2012 to study his PhD in International Relations at the University. Since then the ISIS takeover of Palmyra forced his family to flee – eventually reaching Southern Turkey with a caravan of refugees. Today Haian graduated with his PhD following a thesis entitled: Syrian Regime and Arab Tribes: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns in Contemporary Syria. He was joined by his son, who was born in the UK while Haian was studying.
Haian said: “My St Andrews experience has been amazing. When I came to do my PhD I didn’t expect that I would be graduating with my son here at the same time as well.
A wheelchair user since childhood due to a physical disability, Haian has also used his time in St Andrews to highlight access issues faced by disabled people. He set up The St Andrews Access Group (SAAG), which has worked with the University’s equality and diversity officer to create a webpage called ‘Reporting accessibility difficulties across Fife’. Haian commented: “The University has made good progress in making many of their buildings accessible".
- Disability awareness: The fight for accessibility (article in the Nature Journal)