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For media enquiries, including comments from Skill, briefings on issues and to find case studies, please contact Barbara Waters at Skill:
Tel: 0207 450 0620 (reception - office hours)


Skill often contributes articles to magazines and journals on topics in its field. Contact Vicky Routlegde at Skill to discuss possible contributions.

Case studies
Read about the experiences of individual disabled people in post 16 education and different career areas.

Recent press releases

Key facts for journalists:

  • A 2002 National Audit Office report identified that an 18 year old with a disability or other health problem is only 40% as likely to enter higher education as an 18 year old without a disability or other health problem

  • In December 2002, the Higher Education Funding Council published the first disability performance indicators for individual higher education institutions. These record the number of people applying for Disabled Students' Allowances at each institution. For individual statistics, visit

  • From September 2002, for the first time, disabled people have legal rights in education under the Disability Discrimination Act Part 4: Education. The legislation covers pre- and post-16 education.

  • Skill's Information Service answered 6199 enquiries, 2552 of which were from disabled students, from April 2001-April 2002.

The Information section of the Skill website includes information booklets on a wide range of issues affecting disabled students, trainees and jobseekers.

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