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Preston’s university epilepsy support services praised by national charity

Posted on - 26th June, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Health, People, Preston City Centre, Preston News, UCLan, University
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UCLan is offering additional support to students with epilepsy. Pic: UCLan

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been recognised by a national charity for its support for students living with epilepsy.

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Young Epilepsy has awarded the University ‘Epilepsy Friendly’ accreditation thanks to its ongoing improvements towards supporting students with the condition.

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Staff at the University have taken it upon themselves to learn more about the effects that life in higher education can have on young people with epilepsy by enrolling in Young Epilepsy’s ‘Epilepsy Friendly’ scheme which provides free training and resources across the UK.

Epilepsy can have devastating effects on young people in higher education; Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy has a high occurrence in this age range.

Stress, alcohol, tiredness, lack of sleep, dehydration, and forgetting to take medication can all be contributing factors.

UCLan has received Epilepsy Friendly status
UCLan has achieved Epilepsy Friendly status.

Edd Wood, Head of Student Wellbeing Services at UCLan, said: “The achievement of the Epilepsy Friendly mark is recognition of the work our Inclusive Support Team has undertaken to ensure UCLan is accessible and that students have the right support in place to enable them to succeed.

“The commitment to specialist epilepsy training enhances the Team’s knowledge and skills enabling them to effectively work with course and accommodation teams, to ensure reasonable adjustments and support are in place.

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“The recognition compliments the work they already do with applicants and students who have declared medical conditions such as epilepsy, as well as those with disabilities, mental health conditions and specific learning difficulties, ensuring a successful transition to University.

“The mark demonstrates our continuing commitment as an inclusive organisation, committed to providing opportunities to all.”

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Chris Denyer, Partnerships and Outreach Manager at Young Epilepsy, said: “Epilepsy is a misunderstood condition that can have serious impacts for young people in higher education. They may need extra support and we want all universities across the UK to be ready and able to do just that.”

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Young Epilepsy is the national charity working exclusively on behalf of children and young people with epilepsy.

They are a leading provider of specialist health and education services and offer support, information resources, training for professionals and also campaign to improve access to, and quality of, health and education services.

Visit the Epilepsy Friendly website for information.

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