Warwick’s Students’ Union (SU) has been named the winner of the NUS Disabled Students’ Campaign of the Year 2014. The award was presented at the Disabled Students’ Conference held 4-6 March 2014.
The prize normally recognises one outstanding campaign, however, Warwick’s disabled students’ officer, Sam Fry said that it was the vast quantity of campaigns that led to Warwick’s success. Among these campaigns is Warwick Enable, a society which creates a support network for disabled students, their friends, and enablers. Disability Awareness Week was also a great success, with NUS President, Toni Pearce opening the series of events, which aimed to raise awareness of issues faced by disabled students. Other events included a guest talk on the local Guide Dog Mobility Team, a pub quiz in the Mighty Duck, and a presentation on the Paralympic Legacy.
Mr Sam Fry, Disabled Students Officer, described how Warwick was nominated by NUS disabled students’ officer-elect, Maddy Kirkman, with whom he frequently discusses ideas regarding their campaign work. Commenting on his role as officer, Mr Fry said:
When I first stood for the position in the spring 2012 elections, my slogan was ‘putting disabled students back on the agenda’ because I felt the campaign didn’t have much of an impact and its existence was tokenistic. During the two years that I have been officer, the campaign has really come on and I think I have succeeded in doing what I set out to do.
Issues affecting disabled students are now more talked about and the SU is doing a much better job at addressing issues that affect disabled students.”