Disability

The University of Glasgow is committed to disability equality and ensuring all staff, students and visitors have a positive experience of the work, learning, teaching and research environment. The University provides a wide range of specialist support, provision and guidance for staff with disabilities and as well as those staff supporting both disabled students and colleagues. 

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Support for Existing or Prospective Staff

Support for existing colleagues

Find out how the University can support you in Declaring a Disability.

In addition, Access to Work can help you if your health or disability affects the way you do your job. Accessed through the Jobcentre Plus, grants cannot be given retrospectively however you need to apply as an individual. 

Line Managers should undertake the Implementing Reasonable Adjustments course.  The course will equip you with a practical understanding of what the law means when it talks about “disability” and “reasonable adjustments”. And it gives everyone clear guidance on how to identify and implement reasonable adjustments effectively. 

Line Managers can also learn how to recognise the signs of workplace stress and to support their staff by accessing the Mentally Healthy Workplace online course.

Thinking of applying for a job at the University?

Find out about how the University can assist you when applying for a job at the dedicated 'Jobs at Glasgow' page https://www.gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/reasonableadjustments/


Supporting your Disabled Students

The University has a number of resources to ensure our staff have the information and guidance to be able to support their Disabled student to achieve their full potential.

Digital Accessibility Guidance

Disability Service - Information for Staff

Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service

Accessible & Inclusive Learning Policy

Implementing Reasonable Adjustments for Students (Moodle course designed for all staff working with disabled students)

Various Student Support Policies (housed on Senate Office webpages)

Big White Wall - a safe space online for students and staff to get things off your chest

British Sign Language Dictionary -  online collection of thousands of words and phrases in British Sign Language (BSL).


Assisted Evacuation

Need assistance to evacuate during an emergency? Information on the arrangements in place can be found on Safety & Environmental Protection Services.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs are welcome across the University.  Look out for the logo.  You'll find the dog toilet area to the side of the main Library entrance.

Assistance Dogs logo

Assistance dogs - a guide for businesses


University Accessibility Information

Find out what support is available to get around campus; which rooms have hearing assistance equipment fitted; what to do if you have an issue and who to report it to; what to do in an emergency; and how the University actively consults with students and staff on accessibility issues on the University's Accessibility page.

Out of Order Lifts

The University has a number of buildings that contain lifts for access purposes. On occasion these lifts breakdown or require to be taken out of service for maintenance purposes.  As such, the Unviersity has set up an email distribution list ensure staff, who require the use of these lifts, are notified of any lifts which are affected in this way. 

If you are a staff member and wish to be added to this email distribution list please email the Equality and Diversity Unit on equality@glasgow.ac.uk with 'Out of Order Lift Distribution List' in the subject line.  You can opt in and out at any time.  Please review the relevant Privacy Notice - Out of Order Lifts.


AccessAble - access guides

The University has teamed up with AccessAble to provide an online description of the physical access features of over 100 university services and buildings, including the Hunterian Museum, Sports and Recreation Service, Library and various accommodation sites. 

Image of AccessAble Logo. If clicked it will take you to the AccessAble website

Find out what Access Able guides are all about at www.youtube.com/watch?v=306clqvC74Q


Disability Equality Group

The University's Disability Equality Group is chaired by the University’s Disabilty Equality Champion and has student, staff and relevant University Service representation. The group acts as a channel of communication where issues affecting disabled people can be raised and addressed or referred to appropriate bodies for action.


Disability Confident Employer

The University of Glasgow is a Disability Confident Employer.  

DWP Disability Confident video

Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.

The Disability Confident scheme has taken over from the previous Two Ticks Positive about Disabled People scheme.  Our Disbaility Confident Employer status was awarded in January 2017.

The University of Glasgow originally gained Two Ticks accreditation in 2008, and Disability Confident broadens and deepens our existing commitment as an employer. 

Policies and Plans

View the University’s current Equality and Diversity Policy & related Disability Appendix.

You may also wish to review the Accessible & Inclusive Learning Policy.

View the University's British Sign Language (BSL) Action Plan