Disability Services provides advice and guidance to all University staff on all aspects of disability in higher education. This includes:
We provide advice on making reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of disabled people across all areas of University activity and on providing an inclusive learning and working environment, in line with the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) and the University's Academic Adjustments Policy. This includes advice on programme/module descriptions and recruitment material to enable disabled applicants to make informed choices, particularly for programmes accredited by external professional bodies.
We identify reasonable adjustments to teaching and assessment (including exams) for individual disabled students and share these with staff, with students' consent, via our DSO network. Adjustments are also posted on eVision enabling access by all relevant staff - see Adjustments (E-Vision)
We provide advice on submissions to the University's Inclusive Practice Showcase and the Inclusive Practice Award. These initiatives were introduced in 2012 to encourage the development and sharing of inclusive practice across the University. Both are open to staff in Colleges and Directorates.
We also support staff to complete the Inclusive Curriculum Checklist required for the University's programme approval and review process; the latter is in line with the Teachability criteria for reflecting on the inclusiveness of course design and delivery, including teaching and assessment practices. We have also created a mapping document that maps the University's provision for disabled students against the QAA's Quality Code: QAA mapping document for disability provision.
We develop guidance and policy to support the provision of reasonable adjustments. This includes guidance on confidentiality and disclosure, marking the work of students with dyslexia, inclusive risk assessment and arranging work placements for disabled students. All of our policy, guidance and specific information on a wide range of disability issues can be found on our Resources pages.