No matter what age you are, beginning university or college can daunting.

And if you have a disability, you may be more apprehensive still.

Nerves are natural, but more disabled people than ever are entering higher education.

University of Liverpool Widening Participation and Outreach Manager Deonne Hill tells PosAbility about the support networks available to current students and those looking to apply.

While Widening Participation is a national agenda, Liverpool offer bespoke and supportive techniques, beginning with ‘pre-16’ students from underrepresented groups.

She said: “We look at students with potential and desire to progress but are facing barriers such as disability. One programme that specifically supports disabled students is a direct contact in our team who is available for bespoke visits.

“These one on ones recognise that students who are disabled will have specific concerns; whether access, progression or their individual needs. They’ll want to see additional things around campus, so we find something bespoke is a great way to do that.

“It can have a personal touch rather than a generic open day. It might include looking at accessible accommodation or meeting disability and dyslexia contacts from a range of different subjects.

“Our Disability Advice and Guidance team allows candidates to talk about their needs before applying to see what it’ll be like at Liverpool and find out what they are entitled to, and after application the team will then continue to work with students.

“Parents can come and if there is a subject that the student is interested in we’ll try and get a current student or tutor to meet them as well and introduce them to a contact who can help with their application and if they do apply and enter the university, the support continues,” Deonne added.

To find out more about the University of Liverpool and the Widening Participation and Outreach programme, visit