Brunel was one of six universities shortlisted for the award but pipped the rest to the post due to its outstanding work in the field. The university has created two support groups, one for students with learning difficulties and one for students with mental health problems.
Gill Beech, Operations Manager of Brunel's Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) commented: “We are thrilled to have won this award and to be recognised as a leading institution in the UK. The team at Brunel deliver expert advice and support services to all disabled students to enable them to fulfil their potential.“
Ann Mroz, Editor, Times Higher Education, said: “This scheme from Brunel has made a distinct difference to the learning experience of many of their disabled students. The university's professional approach has resulted in a measured and receptive service, setting a standard that the rest of the sector should aspire to follow.“
The fourth annual Times Higher Education Awards ceremony recognised the ground-breaking work undertaken by UK higher education institutions. More than 130 institutions submitted entries for the 18 categories which included Best Student Experience, University of the Year, Outstanding Student Financial Support Package, Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community, Marketing Initiative of the Year and Outstanding Support for Disabled Students.
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