Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union officers and students invited Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert to discuss his views on the national #DontCutMeOut day of action to protest against proposed funding cuts to the Disabled Students’ Allowance.
Universities & Science Minister, David Willetts has proposed to “modernise” the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) – grants given to disabled students in England to help meet extra study costs incurred because of their disabilities.
Cutting DSA will affect hundreds of future Anglia Ruskin students as it would the proposed DSA provision would only pay to support students with “complex” specific learning difficulties (SpLD).
1800 students are currently eligible to receive DSA at Anglia Ruskin University. If cuts go ahead, many future Anglia Ruskin University students could lose out.
Julian Huppert, said “It’s clear that DSA has made a huge difference to many people, enabling them to succeed at university and get on with life. I very much hope that we can save it, and make sure more students can benefits from it. I’ve been working already to get this to happen, and am really please that Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union are campaigning so strongly on this. Please do ask your MP, wherever they are in the country, to sign EDM 48, which I’ve co-sponsored, to help us save DSA”.
Leading the campaign at Anglia Ruskin Students Union, Ben Cronin, Welfare Campaigns Rep, said “The proposed cuts to DSA could cause irreparable damage in terms of access to and academic achievement in higher education.”
Gabbi Foreman, Academic Officer, added “It was so important that we met with Julian Huppert (Cambridge local MP) and got confirmation that he is against these cuts. It’s great to know we have Julian’s full support and that there are actions being taken to stop this going any further.
I’m really proud of all the ARU students that attended today, especially those who shared stories on how DSA helped them whilst studying”