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 catch-up on the third Monday of every month.

We discuss topics such as:

  • study tips
  • exam strategies
  • disclosure dilemmas
  • assistive technology/apps
  • self-care ideas.

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 2022

Email the CANDID email address or use the 'Express your Interest Form' to access the sessions.


CANDID Information Orientation Session

Monday 11th July 1:30-2pm - Semester 2 Orientation session will be on zoom, open to all, as advertised on University Orientation Planner

Lunchtime Meeting: Monday 18th of July  at 1:00pm

SPEAKER: Dr Rebecca (Bec) Flower (she/her) is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Counselling, and Therapy and an early career autism researcher primarily exploring equity of access to employment and mental health services for autistic adults. Bec is a first in family university graduate and has ADHD. She is passionate about access to education and research and is learning more about how to improve the accessibility of her work. Bec will share stories about her journey from student to lecturer and researcher, and her tips and strategies for successful studying.


Lunchtime Meeting: Monday the 15th of August at 1:00 pm