Embracing Neurodiversity: Navigating university life and beyond

At the University of Bristol, we are proud to celebrate neurodiversity. We recognise the unique strengths and perspectives that neurodiverse students bring to our campus.   

In this blog post, we explore the resources and events available to neurodiverse students. Find out how these have been put into practice, to empower you on your journey through university and help you plan your next steps.

Join us in celebrating neurodiversity and uncovering the opportunities that await! 

Join a supportive network with the Bristol University Neurodiversity Society (BUNS) 

From peer support, accessible socials and advocacy campaigns, BUNS work hard to make our campus more inclusive to neurodiverse students. 

Last year, co-president Charlotte O’Brien was awarded the Change Maker Award in the Outstanding PLUS Awards – recognising the success of the society, including creating the first Sensory Room on campus! 

Get involved in extra-curricular activities and gain formal recognition with the Bristol PLUS Award 

‘I would encourage any student, neurodiverse or not, to complete the PLUS for its empowering effect. Bristol PLUS really helped my self-esteem as I was being recognized for my skills that are not valued for my degree course but are still highly transferable skills for the workplace.

Mia Jarvis (English BA), Bristol PLUS Award achiever 2022/23

There are lots of extra-curricular roles you could take on whilst you are studying at Bristol, ranging from part-time work and student rep roles to volunteering opportunities. Extra-curricular activities are a great way to broaden your horizons and boost your CV.

You can get rewarded for your commitments with the Bristol PLUS Award, just like Mia did.   

Get tailored support from the Careers Service in planning your next steps after university 

‘I was previously overwhelmed and intimidated by starting my career planning process.

Now that I have been to careers fairs, networking events, CV and Interview tips workshops, and Q&As about neurodiverse rights and adjustments in the workplace, I feel equipped to start my career.’ 

Mia Jarvis (English BA), Bristol PLUS Award achiever 2022/23

The Careers Service is here to support you at all stages of your career planning, including for 3 years after you finish your studies at Bristol. Neurodiverse students can access tailored support and events, which can be a great way to learn more about navigating your career. 

Here are some great places to start: 

Learn about workplace rights in this video:

Adjustments in recruitment and the workplace: your rights   

Hear from neurodiverse graduates and inclusive employers at this panel event:

Disability and neurodivergence careers panel

22 November, from 2 pm

Book into a specialist guidance appointment with a Careers Adviser:

Get tailored support and discuss your career plans.

Book an appointment on Live Chat.

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