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πŸš€Applications for the 2024 Snowdon Master's Scholarship are OPEN!

Did you miss our launch webinar and Q&A session? You can watch it online and find the transcript and questions on our website

✍ Apply now

⏰ Remember to get your stage 1 application in early - we can't accept them after 29 Feb


We're thrilled to share our 2023 Snowdon Master's Scholarship winners! πŸŽ‰

These exceptional students have demonstrated their impact, achievement, potential and commitment and we're so excited to be part of their journeys to becoming future disabled leaders πŸ‘πŸ‘

πŸ‘‹ Meet Qihang, who is studying MSc Musculoskeletal Science at UCL

He says "Based on my undergraduate degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medical Manipulation and previous working experience, I found that quality of life can be considerably affected by musculoskeletal disease especially if we pay less attention to rehabilitation, so I want to be more professional by the postgraduate study.

In the future, I hope I can also contribute to inclusive education, which has not been implemented in all universities in the world because I did some research about it when I was doing my undergraduate. Higher education could be the foundation of career development for the disabled, so equality in higher education is essential and I hope it can be improved in the future."


Not long to go now until the launch of the 2024 Snowdon Master's Scholarships! πŸš€

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»Make sure you join our Q&A and launch webinar on 15 January 2024, 1-2pm GMT for more information on the scholarships and advice from previous winners. We'll be sharing the recording if you miss it

Can't wait until then? Check out our blog post full of advice from Maria, one of our 2023 Snowdon Scholars πŸŽ“

⏰ Applications open 2pm GMT 15 January 2024. Find out more about the scholarship and start preparing your application now


We're thrilled to share our 2023 Snowdon Master's Scholarship winners! πŸŽ‰

These exceptional students have demonstrated their impact, achievement, potential and commitment and we're so excited to be part of their journeys to becoming future disabled leaders πŸ‘πŸ‘

πŸ‘‹ Meet Skie (and guide dog Derek 🐾), who is studying MSc Clinical Neuroscience at UCL

She says "As a blind student with a love for learning and an ambition to become a clinical psychologist, I have been painfully aware of the statistics surrounding disability and employment; especially for blind and visually impaired people. During my undergraduate degree in psychology, I knew I wanted to pursue postgraduate education, but I thought it wouldn't be possible due to the many barriers I would experience.

The Snowdon Scholarship has allowed me to pursue my interests and dismantle barriers to my learning and future employment. I have been able to have accessible accommodation close to campus and feel assured that I am able to thrive whilst studying.

Growing up disabled has made me incredibly ambitious and I have strived to go against the statistics that suggest I have very limited employment prospects because of my blindness. I am delighted to be breaking down barriers in education and wider society as well as supporting others to do the same."


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World Braille Day celebrates braille as a means of communication and social inclusion for blind and partially-sighted people.

Previous Snowdon Scholar Kimberley is a blind artist who reflects on the importance of braille in her practice, with works including poetry and exhibition labels printed in braille 🎨

She graduated with an MA in Painting in September and is now president of RCA Students' Union and a finalist in the 2023 Shaw Trust Disability 100 πŸ™Œ

Find out more about her work here


We're thrilled to share our 2023 Snowdon Master's Scholarship winners! πŸŽ‰

These exceptional students have demonstrated their impact, achievement, potential and commitment and we're so excited to be part of their journeys to becoming future disabled leaders πŸ‘πŸ‘

πŸ‘‹ Meet Connor, who is studying MSc Applied Clinical Psychology at University of Bath

He says "During my undergrad, I was a peer mentor for psychology students and autistic students, advising them on academic work and healthy coping mechanisms (e.g., making time for hobbies and how to implement activities concerning their hobbies). I also went on long-distance walks and runs with students when they were stressed or upset since research shows that being out in nature can improve people’s well-being. Following my graduation, I was a Learning Support Assistant at a college for people with additional needs and mental disorders within an additional needs department for one academic year. This role allowed me to help students academically and socially. For example, I created β€˜group talk’, which allowed students more opportunities to share their views about each other and the world in an empathetic environment that stimulated and developed their self-confidence, openness, and identity.

After my Master’s, I desire to complete a PhD and then a Clinical Psychology Doctorate after a PhD since I aspire to become a Clinical Psychologist and Researcher specialising in autism. My enthusiasm for psychology stems from my own autism diagnosis, my innate curiosity to learn more about myself and the world around me, and my drive to help people have a more enriching and prosperous life."


πŸ€” Do you have questions about the Snowdon Master's Scholarship?

πŸ—£ Want to hear from some of our previous scholars and representatives from our selection panel?

Join us for the 2024 Snowdon Master's Scholarship launch webinar and Q&A session. Sign up below πŸ‘‡

πŸ“† Date: 15 January 2024
πŸ•’ Time: 1-2pm GMT
πŸ’» Location: Zoom
✍ Sign up, and send us your questions:

Don't worry if you miss it as the session will be recorded.

πŸ”— Head to our website for more info on the scholarship


It's the end of the year, and we're taking a well-deserved break with limited access to our socials. We'll be back in the office on 2 January

The Snowdon Trust team (represented by office dogs Molly and Enzo🐾) wish you a wonderful winter break and a happy new year! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹


πŸ“’ 2024 Snowdon Master's Scholarships are opening on 15 January 2024 πŸ””

The Snowdon Master’s Scholarship has been designed to accelerate the most exceptional disabled students through their master’s studies and into leadership in all its forms, where they can be visible role models and drive disability inclusion. The influencers of the future.

We are searching for individuals who choose to use their lived experience of disabling barriers to make a difference. To create change.

πŸ™‹ If that sounds like you, you can apply for a scholarship of up to Β£30,000

Find out more and start preparing your application now πŸ“

πŸš€ We're hosting a launch webinar and Q&A session on 15 January 2024, 1-2pm. Sign up here


We're thrilled to share our 2023 Snowdon Master's Scholarship winners! πŸŽ‰

These exceptional students have demonstrated their impact, achievement, potential and commitment and we're so excited to be part of their journeys to becoming future disabled leaders. πŸ‘πŸ‘

πŸ‘‹ Meet Laura, who is studying MPhil Biological Sciences (Zoology) at University of Cambridge

She says "I faced numerous barriers in my life due to my disability, compounded by a mismanaged foster care experience. After regaining my eyesight, to aid and inform others, I started a blog about living with epilepsy and depression. Unphased by setbacks, I managed to gain the qualifications necessary to study a Natural Science degree at the University of Cambridge and I have since been an equality and welfare representative for disabled students for multiple departments and courses. I completed my degree with several prizes and accolades which really cemented my aspirations of working in research while providing support and campaigning for the disabled community.

The Snowdon Scholarship is helping me achieve my ambition of becoming a leader in evolutionary science, as without this funding, my future prospects in this field are out of reach. Thanks to this support, I will be studying an MPhil researching herpetelogical evolutionary biology and ecology, squamate evolutionary relationships and the conservation implications therein."

Outside of academia, Laura is a big fan of broadcasting and comedy. Having spent several years working on the Cambridge University Science Podcast, Laura branched out to produce and write her own comedy radio show. After two seasons on the air, the show has now evolved into a video sketch show. Laura is also an avid card player and record collector.


We're thrilled to share our 2023 Snowdon Master's Scholarship winners! πŸŽ‰

These exceptional students have demonstrated their impact, achievement, potential and commitment and we're so excited to be part of their journeys to becoming future disabled leaders. πŸ‘πŸ‘

πŸ‘‹ Meet Philip, who is studying MA Digital Media: Production at UCL

He says "I am a games designer looking to develop accessible games in my own studio, after I have finished my masters degree in Digital Media: Production.

I have a background in video games design, theatre production as well as experience in coding. In my spare time I love to draw, having designed and illustrated my own tattoo, as well as write!"


πŸ“’ Disabled Students UK have released the findings of their Annual Disabled Student Survey!

It's the first and largest study of its kind with the experiences of 1300+ students from 100+ universities and higher education institutions πŸ‘

DSUK have created their Access Insights 2023 report based on these findings which outlines their goals for the higher education sector in 2033.

Scan the QR code or head to to find the full report or explore the data 🧐

Alt tag: White text on a turquoise blue background reads "The findings of the first Annual Disabled Student Survey are here!" Below is a graphic of the report, entitled "Disabled Students UK's Access Insights Report 2023: Framework and Baseline" with the Disabled Students UK and Snowdon Trust logos. To the left is the text "Explore the data and download the full report" and a QR code.


This we are celebrating by releasing the results of the Annual Disabled Student Survey during our online launch event for the Access Insights report 2023.

Please join us on the 29th November alongside both the disabled student community and Higher Education sector stakeholders.


DSUK’s Founding Director will present key results from the report and a panel of experts will discuss how the higher education sector can use these results to become truly inclusive to disabled students by 2033.

Panellists include Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe, Deborah Johnston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at London South Bank University, Ben Watson, Head of Digital Accessibility at University College London, Helen Saelensminde, Chief Executive Snowdon Trust, Yasmine Afifi, Co-chair of Unversity of Birmingham Disability and Mental Health Students' Association.

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We're thrilled to share our 2023 Snowdon Master's Scholarship winners! πŸŽ‰

These exceptional students have demonstrated their impact, achievement, potential and commitment and we're so excited to be part of their journeys to becoming future disabled leaders πŸ‘πŸ‘

πŸ‘‹ Meet Sian, who is studying MSc Social Anthropology at LSE

She is a recent graduate of the University of Oxford, Hertford College, where she studied Archaeology and Anthropology. Her research here focused on access to medical care in Ghana, specifically looking at the emergent medical pluralisms within clinical and native medical systems- an interest borne of her own experience of Deafness and multitude of β€˜treatment’ pathways available globally.

Sian is now moving to LSE to complete an MSc in Social Anthropology where she plans to continue her research, with a particular focus on forced migrants and refugees and their access to medical treatment in medically pluralised social contexts. Particularly, she plans to analyse the legal implications of enforced limitations to certain treatments within refugee communities, and the consequential ethical implications.

Her other research interests include identity (particularly those facets of identity shaped by gender, disability, and religion), embodiment, gift exchange and phenomenology.


We're thrilled to share our 2023 Snowdon Master's Scholarship winners! πŸŽ‰

These exceptional students have demonstrated their impact, achievement, potential and commitment and we're so excited to be part of their journeys to becoming future disabled leaders πŸ‘πŸ‘

πŸ‘‹ Meet Richard, studying MSc Disability Studies, Rights and Inclusion at University of Leeds

Alongside his studies, he will continue in his role as Community Engagement Officer and chairing the Disabled Workers and Carer’s Network at Brighton and Hove City Council. His long term career goals involve using his skills and knowledge to increase awareness and appreciation for disability related issues cross-culturally, providing strengths-based leadership and advocating for disability justice throughout Parliament and beyond.

As a blind scholar, Richard is passionate about digital accessibility and in his spare time he sits as a member of the Sight Loss Council, volunteering for Thomas Pocklington Trust. He is also a trained Domestic Abuse Community Ambassador, recognising that Disabled people are impacted by domestic abuse at much higher rates than non-disabled people. Over the next year, he will be launching the Brighton and Hove Goalball Club and putting himself through more rigorous challenges such as Tough Mudder and the Brighton marathon. He hopes to complete the Loughborough Challenge through a combination of Education, Volunteering and Physical Endurance.

Alt text: Richard is a white man in his thirties with brown hair and a short beard, wearing a plain black t-shirt. He has a big smile and is looking off to the left away from the camera leaning on his long cane in his right hand. This photo was taken during his engagement shoot with a professional photographer on Brighton pier, you can make out a bit of a rollercoaster in the background. To the right of the image is the Snowdon Trust logo with the tagline "Investing in Disabled Students", and text at the bottom reads "Snowdon Scholars 2023-24".

Disabled PhD students experiences in new DSUK report 17/11/2023

In anticipation of Disabled Students UK's launch of the results of the Annual Disabled Student Survey later this month, we've been sinking our teeth into their report on the experience of disabled PhD students πŸ”

We asked a couple of members of the Snowdon Trust community for their thoughts as disabled PhD students, and they had some valuable insights πŸ‘‰

Find DSUK's report here

Disabled PhD students experiences in new DSUK report Some of our students respond to Disabled Students UK's new report on the experience of disabled PhD students in STEM

Photos from Disabled Students UK's post 03/11/2023

Congratulations Disabled Students UK, what an achievement πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ


After a life-altering sports injury, Joseph faced a new challenge: pursuing a Diploma in 3D Modelling & Animation, a course not covered by student finance. But with our support at Snowdon Trust, Joseph turned adversity into opportunity 🌟

Today, Joseph is the driving force behind Sky Based Solutions C.I.C. (SBS) - a venture championing 'Tech for Good' πŸš€

Joseph says "SBS isn't just about cutting-edge tech; it's a movement. A movement to uplift the disabled, to harness technology for compassion, and to create a world where everyone belongs." Find out more about it here:


We awarded Katy a Snowdon Master's Scholarship so she could study Mad Studies, a pioneering discipline led by lived experience which questions mainstream approaches to mental health and distress.

She is now in the final year of her Master's and is looking forward to completing her dissertation on the emotional impact of the care assessment process on disabled people.

Despite its success in such a short space of time, the Mad Studies course at Queen Margaret University has now been suspended and its future is in question. Katy and her classmates have created a petition to try and secure its future:


Health and mobility issues were making it almost impossible for Abi to attend uni and keep up with work.

She turned to us to fund an electric wheelchair she needed to enable her to continue studying, and she has now graduated and is studying a Master's in Family and Child Psychology πŸŽ“πŸ‘

Alt tag: Text reads "Snowdon Trust grants", with a photo of Abi sitting in her electric wheelchair with her little dog, Bear, on her lap. The Snowdon Trust logo with the tagline "Investing in Disabled Students" is at the bottom.


We recently launched our new updated website! βœ¨πŸ’»πŸŒ

We've been working hard to improve its accessibility for our service users, and have been working with Huxley Digital and Milk & Tweed, an award-winning agency with a strong focus on accessibility.

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Please check it out and let us know what you think



We love this game-changing accessibility app Snowball Snowball Community, fast becoming the world's biggest disability app ✨

Created by Snowdon alumnus Simon Sansome πŸŽ‰

Download it now and spread the word - the bigger it gets, the better it gets! ❄️


Good luck to everyone who has just started university or is embarking on a new course this year! 🀩

Here are some articles featuring great tips and advice on getting the most out of your uni experience as a Disabled Student πŸ‘‡

Snowdon student Olivia shares her tips for preparing for uni:

Our Lived Experience Advisory Panel member Emma has some brilliant advice on LinkedIn:

Head Up shared this post, and check out their website for a really useful pre-university pack

aticcersguidetolife has some great blog posts on what she wishes she knew before starting uni:

Spoons in the Ocean has many blog posts with top tips on university life as a disabled student:

Want more tips like these? Check out our post from last year:

Alt tag: There is an image of two students with boxes moving into their university halls. Text at the top says "Tips for students starting university". The Snowdon Trust logo is at the bottom with the tagline "Investing in Disabled Students".


We're delighted to be part of the Helen Hamlyn Design Awards at the Royal College of Art 🎨

These are awarded to innovative and inclusive designs in any discipline which focus on improving the lives of others.

This year The Snowdon Award for Disability went to "We are in this Together" by Joy Lu (MA Design Products, 2023) and Beatrice Sangster (MA Visual Communication, 2023) πŸŽ‰πŸ‘

This project addresses the issues people with disabilities face navigating higher education in art and design.

A handbook, a curated set of discussion objects and a set of activity cards provide guidance, prompt conversations around related topics, and assist self and peer reflection.

It is a communal inclusion plan that welcomes everyone into conversations on disability and neurodiversity.

Our trustee Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones, who was among the judging panel, says: β€œThe design and the thinking behind β€œWe are in this Together” aligns very much with the work of the Snowdon Trust. I hope that it is a small foundation towards some very important work and ideas they have to offer in the future.”

Watch this space! ✨

Read about this project and the other incredible winners here:

Alt tag: Image of project β€˜we are in this together’: An activity tool kit consists of a black fabric bag for curated objects, a deck of activity cards with white tuck box, and a workbook with a white cover. The title of the project β€˜WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER’ is written on the covers of all 3 parts.


Chloe's disability affects her joints and mobility, so to go to uni and study the course she loves, BA English Literature and Creative Writing, she needed a mobility scooter to get around campus independently and to reduce the pain that comes with self-propelling.

We provided a grant to purchase this mobility scooter, which has made Chloe's uni experience and all the opportunities that come with it possible ✨

Alt tag: There is a photo of Chloe smiling at the camera, with the text "Snowdon Trust grants" to the right. The Snowdon Trust logo with the tagline "Investing in Disabled Students" is in the bottom left corner.


Sarah, who has dyslexia and a spinal injury, came to us for support when completing an MA in Psychotherapy.

She is now a qualified counsellor and has set up her own practice, Heart and Soul Counselling and Psychotherapy

Alt tag: There's a photo of Sarah smiling at the camera holding her diploma certificate. Text to the right says "Snowdon Trust grants", and the Snowdon Trust logo with the tagline "Investing in Disabled Students" is in the bottom left corner.

Disability Journalism Forum Conference 08/09/2023

We're so proud to be involved in the Disability Journalism Forum Conference cohosted by Simon Sansome, one of our former students and a now journalist, disability campaigner and founder of the Snowball Community

🎀 We'll be taking part in one of the workshops providing advice and guidance on funding opportunities to aspiring journalists. There's so much more involved on the day too - check out the link for the full schedule and the incredible line up of speakers.

πŸ“… Date: 20 September 2023
⏲ Time: 11am - 5pm
✍️ Sign up:

BBC Academy Disability & Journalism Forum

Disability Journalism Forum Conference BBC Academy Fusion in partnership with News UK is proud to deliver the Disability Journalism Forum’s second annual conference aimed at creating equal opportunities for disabled journalists entering and within the media industry.


Hannah's disability causes progressive blindness, so in order to study her Medieval History degree she needed a braille e-reader to access the extensive reading her course requires.

Having this equipment greatly reduces her stress and tiredness, and makes studying her dream course possible.

Snowdon Trust grants of up to Β£5000 are available for specific disability-related study costs.

⏰ The deadline for our next panel is next week (8 September, 5pm) so head to to apply and for more info

Alt tag: There's a picture of Hannah smiling at the camera as she uses her Canute braille reader. Text to the right reads "Snowdon Trust grants", and the Snowdon Trust logo with the tagline "Investing in Disabled Students" is in the bottom left corner.


Fiona's disability means she needs specialist glasses for her course and on placements while she trains to become a paramedic.

We funded these glasses, which aren't available on the NHS, to reduce the visual strain, fatigue and headaches she gets with her condition so she can finish her course and start her dream job.

She says "the first time I put my new glasses on to read something I cried because the words didn't look like soup on the page"

Grants of up to Β£5000 are available for specific study costs related to your disability.

Apply by 8 September for our next panel. Find out more at

Alt tag: There's a photo of Fiona smiling at the camera, with the text "Snowdon Trust grants" to the right. The Snowdon Trust logo with the tagline "Investing in Disabled Students" is at the bottom left.

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