Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Scope, said the project would fulfil the charity’s vision for disabled young people to experience education alongside their non-disabled peers.
“This is a university with a clearly inclusive ethos and with expertise in overlapping areas such as special educational needs, teacher training, health and drama,” he said.
The investigation, which will take place over the coming year, will look at educational impact on the students, financial implications and necessary changes to existing buildings. Similar existing projects in the UK and abroad will also be consulted.
Professor Christopher Carr, vice chancellor of the university of Cumbria, said the project could create opportunities.
“We believe that providing an enriching learning environment, which celebrates diversity and enables a range of different skills and life experiences to flourish, will benefit all young people – both disabled and non-disabled,” he said.