The University of Lincoln Health Services (Heart of Lincoln Medical Group) are active members of the association and have two clinical staff Advanced Nurse Practitioners Lesley Barnes and Liz Machon, who sit on the executive board and are student enablement fund (SEF) agents.

Student Health Association

Born in 1951, initially the British student health officers Association until 1965, when it became the British student health association and a registered charity. In 1988 became British association of health services in higher education and now known as the student Health Association since 2011.


  • (a) To relieve sickness and to promote the highest possible level of health for the individual and collectively for all who study and work in Universities and Institutions of Higher Education
    (b) To advance Health Education


  • (1) To support those who provide treatment and health education, and their administrative staff, for all who study or work in Universities and Institutes of Higher Education
    (2) To promote the highest possible standards of health delivery and education in those Institutions
    (3) To raise funds and to invite and receive contributions from any person or persons whatsoever by way of subscriptions, donations and otherwise, provided that the Association shall not undertake any permanent trading activities in raising funds
    (4) To organise and sponsor meetings, conferences and study groups and whenever possible to keep records and publish proceedings
    (5) To facilitate and monitor research and to publish and disseminate results of that research
    (6) To maintain for the benefit of members and the public a resource of publications and archival material relating to Student Health and the Association

Student Enablement fund

The student enablement fund (SEF) is in place to help support any student in full time / tertiary education who has an evidenced disability. They do not aim to provide large or continuing grants but usually one-off payments for specific equipment or support. They do not support any grants towards anything that any other student would expect to have to carry out their normal studies. They will not fund items that all students are expected to provide regardless of disability. They try to enable equity in studies for those living with a permanent disability. They do not pay course fees, travel, living expenses, rent or associated costs for dependants or personal care. They do not top up monies awarded by DSA or student contribution for things like laptops that DSA has awarded. Examples of awards are adapted specialist medical equipment for persons who were hearing impaired and visual problems, wheelchair adaptions and specialist furniture which is not available on the NHS.

The fund helps students with disabilities to keep up with their studies. It would be unusual to award more than £500 and students must be involved in higher education on a full-time or nearly full-time basis.

  • Students are expected to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance before applying to the Student Enablement Fund.
  • Deadlines for applications are March 1st, July 1st and November 1st of each year. 
  • Evidence is expected to accompany applications in the form of DSA letters, GP supporting evidence and any other funding awarded.
  • They cannot consider any incomplete applications and rarely allocate a second grant.
  • SEF agents or executive committee members cannot enter conversations with individual applicants about their request or the outcome.