Deaf student says support from UEL is helping her to fulfil her ambitions
First-class student Donna Morris-Davidson is overjoyed at the amount of help she is receiving from the University
A mature student who overcame her deafness to graduate with a first-class degree is full of praise for the support she is receiving from the University of East London (UEL) as she pursues a Master’s qualification.
“I wanted a career change and my maternity experiences inspired me to go into midwifery,” Donna explained. “My colleague who started an access course elsewhere encouraged me to go for it.”
“The communication barrier is one of the biggest challenges I faced as a deaf person, and it can make or break my course progression,” said Donna. “The class seating arrangement is also crucial for full participation and engagement.”
Donna did not just overcome such challenges – she was one of the top three students in her group. Once at university, Donna’s support was increased to meet the demands of her degree.
“My time at uni had surpassed my expectations and I just wanted to stay in education,” she said. “When I saw what the Master’s of Public Health entailed, I just wanted to further my education and to increase my profile as a public health practitioner.
Having now finished her first term, Donna is very happy she chose UEL.
“The standard of support has been upped as well, which I am so happy about because my postgraduate course is very challenging. But with the right support, I believe I can achieve what I set out to do at UEL.”
And Donna has a message for other students who may have disabilities that they fear would make higher education impossible.
“My studies over the past four years have proved that your disability should not prevent you from studying with the right support. The availability of the Disabled Student Allowance means that it is possible to study and achieve your goals.