Disability History Month is an annual event educating people on the experience and history of disabled people's struggle for equality and human rights. This year the UK Disability History Month is happening from 18th November until 18th December 2020. The theme is Access: How far have we come? How far have we to go?
Every year, you elect reps to represent all the different student communities at Leeds Beckett. We're happy to introduce you to your new Disabled Rep for the 2020/21 academic year, Megan Darroch (pronouns She/Her) who will be working to improve the uni experience of disabled students 😀
Tell us a little bit about yourself
Hi, I am Meg, and I am a third year Business Management student. I identify as disabled and understand the challenges you face and I am looking forward to working with you this year to enhance perceptions on disability. Alongside my studies I actively represent and contribute towards enhancing student experience both within the student’s union and externally as a representative for the National Union for Students and as a School Governor at a local primary school.
From a young age I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world around me, but it took me a while to figure out exactly what that was. Since joining the Student’s Union I have immersed myself in everything from representation to volunteering and I haven’t looked back.
Why did you apply for the role of Disabled Students’ Rep at LBSU?
I have a keen desire to support others and make a change, as an autistic and dyslexic student I understand how challenging it can be studying at university with a disability but have learned to not let it hold me back and that’s why I applied for this role and put myself forward to represent disabled students at Leeds Beckett, to give back to the empowering network that has provided me with so much in my time at university and to raise awareness of what studying at university with a disability is really like.
I think it’s important that students understand the importance of accessibility and inclusion as everyone is different and many disabilities are hidden, I believe that by opening up conversations on disability together we can make meaningful change.
What do you want to accomplish this year as the LBSU Disabled Students’ Rep?
My main aim is to support and provide a safe and inclusive space for disabled students to network, meet new people and take part in fun and engaging activities through a drop in once a month and through activities for Disability History Month and Autism awareness week. I am here to support you so if you do have any questions or want to get involved please sign up to the Disabled Student’s community, drop me an email or keep an eye out for the Microsoft Teams drop ins and other cool events coming your way.
Alongside this my aim is to be there for disabled students and break down barriers in accessing leadership opportunities and extra-curricular activities.
Do you have any advice for Disabled students studying at Leeds Beckett?
My main piece of advice is to not suffer in silence. If you have a problem or a question please do come to me as I am here to support you and together we can do great things. I believe that disability is something that is not covered enough in HE, but that is something I want to change and I believe that by working together we can come one step closer to enhancing awareness.
Another piece of advice would be to get involved in extra-curricular activities. It will boost your confidence, allow you to put your mind to something and meet new people. Finally just be you! University can be tough sometimes but there are people around you who can support you and no disability should stop you from being the best version of yourself.
We want to thank Megan for sharing a bit about herself on our blog! Get to know your Reps, they are here to support and represent you at Leeds Beckett University.