Starting university is an exciting time – meeting new friends, starting a new period of study and for some moving away from home for the first time. After being settled at school/college this move can be slightly daunting for all involved, and particularly if you have concerns over your stammer.
However, we know from the ASC Youth Panel, it’s also a time when people will accept you for you, and it is an exciting time in your life.
Zain Ghani is a member of the ASC Youth Panel and graduated in 2016. He wrote a blog about stammering in university, and the advice he gave to a young stammerer at Huddersfield University when met them recently, which you can find here. His advice is a great start for young people who are nervous about this big life changing time in a young persons life.
S.T.U.C – Stammerers Through University Campaign
When 24 year old Claire Norman was at the University of Warwick reading French Studies BA (Hons) from 2010 to 2014, she felt that this was a brave decision for a stammerer as it involved a placement abroad and French Oral segments over the four-year course.
At the start of the second term of her final year, in January 2014, she noticed a gap in the ‘market’ of support for stammerers. Claire commented “I found a lack of resources available for stammerers who are students, whereas children, teenagers and adults who stammer could easily find advice.”
As a result, she decided to fill this gap by creating a support campaign that would help university students who stammer, which she would have found invaluable had it been in existence during her university studies. Read more below.