STAART – Support through AccessAbility retention and transition - initiative


For the past twelve years the STAART initiative has been supporting prospective and current disabled students on their journey at Greenwich

STAART initiative supports prospective and current disabled students, including those with specific learning difficulties and/or mental health conditions. Based in the outreach team at the University of Greenwich, they also support potential disabled students in their transition into university.

The team is led by Dr Melanie Thorley and a team of STAART Ambassadors and Graduates.

Every person employed on the team has a disability themselves and they have recruited in excess of 300 STAART Ambassadors and Graduates in the past twelve years and the majority of graduates are in their chosen careers. STAART want to ensure that the potential students they work with know that the ambassadors and graduates have a good idea how a disability can impact on education.

The eventual intention of STAART is to create a global community of practice to share good practice on disability issues and higher education. The STAART Newsletters share experiences and information to a wider audience.

You can read more about STAART, their great work and how to get involved here.

You can also contact STAART for more information: