Unmasking educational inequalities: The impact of Covid-19 on deaf* students in higher education

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Monday 30 January 2023

10:30 AM - 04:00 PM


BID Deaf Cultural Centre, Ladywood Road, Birmingham, B16 8SZ



Event details

This is the end of project event for an ESRC funding research project that explores a range of experiences of deaf, hard of hearing higher education students at different stages of the pandemic. The research took a comprehensive, UK-wide look at experiences of students, academics and managers as well as access and inclusion professionals such as disability advisors, interpreters and notetakers.

A key phase of the project has been the dissemination of co-designed and delivered best practice deaf awareness workshops lead by deaf students consultants on the project.

This event highlights some key findings from the research as well as to provide a review of the research project right from research design, methodology, findings collaborations through to dissemination. The event will provide the opportunity to reflect on some of the key findings, and recommendations coming from the data.

This event provides a good opportunity for senior managers and academics to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences that have been shared and use this to make significant improvements in policy and practice in higher education. It allows fellow hearing students, academics, HEI managers and disability support staff to take a proactive approach inclusive approach to deaf and hard of hearing students across the student journey.

The event also draws together other important research and reflections on deaf and disabled student experiences during the pandemic and highlights other important areas for research currently under-represented in higher education research.

BSL interpreters and captioners will be provided.

The research is funded by ESRC and based at Coventry University.

If you are deaf and have been a higher education student at any time during the pandemic, (including now) you can share your experiences and enter the prize draw by completing the survey.

If you were/are an academic and have taught a student with any level of hearing loss during the pandemic or a VC, senior manager or head of disability services or any other senior role, during the pandemic, you can share your experiences by completing the survey.

*By deaf, we mean those who have any level of hearing loss, are deaf or have any level of combined sight and hearing loss.


For enquiries please contact Chijioke Obasi