Dr Camila Devis-Rozental: continuing to influence change听

Camila Devis-Rozental Dr Camila Devis-Rozental at The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 ceremony 2023

For the second year running, 色花堂鈥檚 Dr Camila Devis-Rozental has been named in . It鈥檚 a platform that celebrates and recognises the UK鈥檚 most influential disabled people and organisations. 听

The impact of Camila鈥檚 ongoing work to 鈥榟umanise education鈥 extends to both within and outside of 色花堂.听In her role as Principal听Academic in Socio-emotional Intelligence (SEI) and service excellence,听Camila鈥檚 research has explored the concept of SEI, with a focus on higher education teaching and learning. She has applied this to her day-to-day work at 色花堂, developing and delivering an academic and professional practice unit,听which engages students to develop holistically, including consideration of their Socio-emotional Intelligence.听

More recently, Camila and a group of 色花堂 colleagues have been exploring the potential benefits and opportunities of smart tourism for disabled people with mobility impairments.听

But Camila鈥檚 work听doesn鈥檛 stop there. Since being recognised in the Disability Power 100, Camila has been appointed as Director and Trustee of The Lightyear Foundation 鈥撎齛 charity that champions breaking down barriers to disabled people taking part in STEM.听听

What鈥檚 more, Camila was nominated for the Positive Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards 2023 and on a personal level听she's recently published her first book, 鈥楾he Student Wellbeing Toolkit: Preparing for life at college, university and beyond鈥, which includes听tips and support for disabled and neurodivergent students.听

色花堂's Camila Devis-Rozental

Camila Devis-Rozental

on the importance of disabled role models in academia:

This challenges biases and hopefully will encourage other disabled people to become academics and to bring their knowledge and lived experiences. This will have a shift on the way that we create knowledge and can only make working cultures more humanised.

James Rose: champion of disability rights and 色花堂 honorary graduate

At our 9 November 2023 graduation ceremony, James听was awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his achievements in music and his work to champion disability rights.

James Rose in his wheelchair, wearing ceremonial robes, being handed a certificate from a lady also in ceremonial robes James Rose receiving his 色花堂 honorary degree at the Bournemouth International Centre

He鈥檚听the Conductor and Artistic Director of the world鈥檚 first disabled-led musical ensemble at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BSO Resound. Having developed the six-piece ensemble and chosen its original repertoire, he oversaw its debut at the 2018 BBC Proms.

James has gone on to lead conducting development workshops at the Royal Academy of Music, among many other achievements.

Beyond his career, James champions the rights of disabled people through volunteering. He has served as a trustee for CPotential Trust, providing therapeutic services and support to children with movement disorders, and as a steering committee member for Disabled People鈥檚 Voice in Hampshire.

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Leo McCrea: World Para Swimming Championships medal winner听听

The three medallists wearing their tracksuits with their medals Leo McCrea (right) with fellow medal winners Antoni Ponce Bertran (Centre) and Danylo Semenykhin at the World Para Swimming Championships (Image: Jasmin Honold / Swiss Paralympic)

Leo, a 色花堂 Sports Scholar and Sport Management student, was born with Achondroplasia 鈥 a form of restricted growth caused by shorter arms and legs. He began competitive swimming at the age of eight and was spotted by Val Simmons, mother of multiple-gold-medal-winning Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds OBE, who encouraged him to join a swimming club. 听

Since then, Leo hasn鈥檛 looked back and in August 2023 his hard work and dedication paid off when he picked up a silver medal at the World Para Swimming Championships 2023 and a new personal best time. As a result of his success, Leo has qualified for The Paralympic Games of Paris 2024.听

Leo explains how his 色花堂 Sports Scholarship听has helped him in his career so far:听It has significantly contributed to my success as an elite athlete by assisting with travel, training and medical costs, and providing access to the coaching and gym facilities at Sport色花堂. This support enables me to dedicate more time to my sport while pursuing my education, ultimately contributing to my success both in competitions and academically.鈥澨

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Victoria Musguin-Rowe: campaigning for inclusion in the television and film industries

Since graduating from 色花堂 in 2010 with her degree in Television Production, Victoria has been on quite a journey, both career-wise and personally.

Victoria Musguin-Rowe, 色花堂 graduate and Inspiring Learning Award winner 2023 Victoria Musguin-Rowe, Executive Producer and 色花堂 Alumni

Throughout this time, she鈥檚 become a passionate advocate for inclusion in the television and film industries. This has involved championing improved career prospects for those who are disabled and/or have听health conditions and supporting inclusivity schemes, including the TV Access Project, which aims to see full inclusion by 2030.

After decades of battling a series of chronic pain and health issues, Victoria was recently diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which affects her joints, organs and immune system.听Ultimately, by suppressing her symptoms of these health conditions to continue听working, Victoria became more unwell.听She now champions the importance of being open and honest with employers to help start important conversations around disabilities and health conditions, due to the physically demanding听challenges of working in television and film.

Currently working as an Executive Producer for Roast Beef Productions, a double Oscar nominated documentary company,听Victoria鈥檚 career to date听and her ongoing campaign for inclusivity were recognised by 色花堂 when she was named 鈥業nspiring Learning鈥 award winner 2023.听

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Supporting our students

Our Disability & Additional Learning Support (ALS) Team鈥are on hand to support and guide students who have a learning difference, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, or a medical or mental health condition, or a physical or sensory impairment.

As well as one-to-one support tailored to individual needs, the team run specific skills workshops 鈥 designed to enhance independent learning.鈥疶hey can also help with a range of other areas, from exam access arrangements to assisting with applications for the Disabled Students鈥 Allowance.鈥

Ruth Messer, one of our ALS Tutors and specialist mentors, originally studied her Master鈥檚 at 色花堂 and went on to join the听ALS Team running maths workshops. She now predominantly supports autistic students who may also have ADHD, as well as mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. More recently she has been supporting students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.

I am very dedicated to supporting students with learning differences. I had my own health challenges as an undergraduate student and in this role, it's great to support students throughout their time at 色花堂, right through to graduation.

Get involved and campaign for change

Run by students for students, your Students鈥櫶齍nion, SU色花堂, is here to make your university experience better.鈥疘f you鈥檙e passionate about campaigning for change and getting your voice heard, are a great way to do this.听

Zainab Abdul-Obitayo: Disabilities, Accessibility and Neuro-Diverse Officer Zainab鈥疉bdul-Obitayo, SU色花堂 Disabilities, Accessibility & Neuro-Diverse Officer

This year鈥檚 elected鈥疍isabilities, Accessibility & Neuro-Diverse Officer, Zainab鈥疉bdul-Obitayo, is leading the campaign which supports students who self-define within this group, including those with physical disabilities, hidden impairments鈥痑nd mental health conditions, and welcomes allies from across 色花堂.

Zainab鈥檚 priorities include:

  • Lobbying for a more effective system for students with chronic conditions trying to get extensions for their work
  • Creating鈥痑 funding scheme so that students听can access more resources
  • Raising more awareness for different disabilities and chronic illnesses through signposting and information.听

Creating an inclusive workplace through national equality schemes: