Making university more supportive: because we CAN, so we DID.

CANDID (ChronicAlly ill, NeuroDiverse, Impaired and Disabled) facilitates friendships, develops connections and provides mutual support for students who have experiences of:

  • chronic illness
  • neurodiversity
  • disability (including mental health)
  • impairment.

Carers and allies are also welcome too.

We are a student-led group, supported by AccessAbility and Inclusion team. We currently run a lunchtime Microsoft Teams social catch-up on the third Monday of every month with a speaker.

We keep in touch between meetings via Microsoft Teams. We are flexible, respectful and responsive.

CANDID facilitators also run regular Shut Up And Study (SUAS) events via Microsoft Teams to our Calendar, for those who may be struggling with procrastination and/or would like to participate in focused study sessions with peer accountability. We use the Pomodoro technique of alternating 25 minutes or more of silent work with short social breaks. See our Teams page for more details and upcoming sessions.

CANDID recognises that people are diverse, as are our experiences, health, and wellbeing. We want CANDID to be a safe place for people from all walks of life, and for this safety to be reflected in how we communicate with each other. All meetings are optional, you can come and go as you please. Come and see if we are your community.

For more information, you can also email us at

Dates for 2023 with proposed speakers:

Email the CANDID email address or use the 'Express your Interest Form' to access the sessions. If you have any suggestions for discussion topics/speakers please let us know.


LUNCHTIME MEETING: Monday 20th March at 1:00pm

SPEAKER: Time Management & Exam Preparation

LUNCHTIME ON CAMPUS COFFEE: Wednesday 29th March at 1:00pm

Come and chat with other CANDID members over coffee (see you at the Agora - outside Bachelor of Coffee)


LUNCHTIME MEETING: Monday 17th April at 1:00pm

SPEAKER: Assistive Technology


LUNCHTIME MEETING: Monday 15th May at 1:00pm

SPEAKER: Library Resources


LUNCHTIME MEETING: Monday 19th June at 1:00pm

SPEAKER: Career Hub


LUNCHTIME MEETING: Monday 17th July at 1:00pm

SPEAKER: ADHD at University


LUNCHTIME MEETING: Monday 21st August at 1:00pm

SPEAKER: Neurodiversity at University


LUNCHTIME MEETING: Monday 18th September at 1:00pm

SPEAKER: Mental Health


LUNCHTIME MEETING: Monday 16th October at 1:00pm

SPEAKER: Time Management & Exam Preparation


LUNCHTIME MEETING: Monday 20th November at 1:00pm

SPEAKER: GradWise Employment