Disabled Students' Officer

Disabled Students' Officer 2021/22 – Emily French

RUSU Disabled Students' Officer 2021/22 Emily French

Disabled Students' Officer
Emily French

About Me

Hi, I’m Emily and I’ll be going into my 3rd year of law in September. I’ll be undertaking the role of Disabled Students’ Officer. As an autistic female, I know how difficult it can be living life with a hidden disability, so I would love to bring more awareness to this, in addition to receiving as much input as possible from others. Each disability is very different, so gaining as much information I can from various individuals is very important to me.

What experience do you bring to the role?

I have been on society committees prior to this, so I feel like I have experience in a role that requires responsibility. I have also undertaken quite a bit of volunteer work and I feel like this expresses the fact that I love to help people.

What do you hope to achieve during your term in office?

I would love to raise awareness for Disability History Month. I feel like many people don’t know that this exists, so I would like to hold various events throughout November and December.

In addition to this, I’d like to inform more people of the sunflower lanyard scheme. I also believe that University accommodation needs to be more inclusive of those suffering from both hidden and visible disabilities – for example, aiding individuals struggling with mental health.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

If I could choose anyone, it would probably be my cousin. She has the same disability as me and watching her achieve so much has inspired me to do the same.

You can get in touch with Emily via her email, disabledstudents@rusu.co.uk, or via her Facebook page.

Networks

RUSU have created student-run, peer-support networks for you. This is your opportunity to meet other students from similar backgrounds, share common experiences and receive advice and support from each other. RUSU’s Disabled Students’ Officer will be running a peer-support network for students with disabilities. You can find out when and where the next meeting is at the Student Networks page.