Part-time study stopped me dropping out of Oxford. Why don’t more students know about it?

Danni Watts writes about her experience of part-time study at Oxford, and examines why there needs to be more information about and opportunity for such flexible degree structures at Oxford University. Artwork by Em Perkins.

“Disabled students deserve to be at Oxford, and should be judged on their intellect rather than their productive output over an eight week term. Part-time study has given me the space to enjoy my degree without jeopardizing my health.”

Columns Health and Wellbeing

Disability Looks Like This: On Sensory Overload, and making public spaces kinder

In the second instalment of her column, Disability Looks Like This, Ellie Redpath describes her experience of sensory overload, and examines how we can make public spaces kinder and more mindful. Artwork by Emer Sukonik.

“Usually I absolutely love a trip to big Tesco – who doesn’t – but if I am alone there or having a particularly bad day it all becomes too much, and not only because the eerily silent and bright lower floor is inherently quite a spooky, liminal space. It’s happened to me since childhood because of my learning difficulties – being neurodivergent means that I’m more sensitive to becoming overwhelmed.”

Columns Lifestyle

Disability Looks Like This: On my OCD, fear of plug sockets, and pigeon logic

“If I properly listened to the disorder, I’d wrap everyone I loved in bubble wrap and wrap myself up in it too and put us all in a room with walls and floors made of pillows and make sure we took our vitamins every single day and then maybe I wouldn’t ever have to be anxious again. But even that probably wouldn’t work.”

In the first instalment of her column, Disability Looks Like This, Ellie Redpath explores her experience of OCD and its pervasiveness in her daily life.


Slipping through the net

“Considering all the previous ways in which I was left isolated compared to my peers it appears to me that the ‘net’ used to detect vulnerable students is cut so that the rope catches only what the University wishes to display as a symbol of progress and intersectionality; in truth, this could not be any further away from the reality of many disabled students.”

Laura Norris describes her experience as a disabled student at Oxford.

Cultures Music

Soundabout Success: Virtual Music-Making Creates a More Inclusive ‘New Normal’

Music-making in all its forms has been affected by the pandemic. This is particularly the case for music therapy charities working with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and/or sensory issues, for whom a multi-sensory approach is often important.