The University of Glasgow is committed to disability equality and ensuring all students, staff and visitors have a positive experience of the learning, teaching, research and work environment. The University provides a wide range of specialist support, provision and guidance for students with disabilities.
The Disability Service provides a dedicated service for students with disabilities or specific learning difficulties, assessing and putting in place and reviewing appropriate provision. This support could include access, assistive technology, study and examination requirements. If you have a long term health condition or disability we would strongly encourage you to make contact with the Disability Service anyway. Even if you don't currently feel you need support it is always better to make contact; your situation may change during your time here and they can assist more quickly if they are already aware of your circumstances.
The Disability Service welcome enquiries from potential or pre-entry students.
Read The Disability Services: My Experience and Access for all to a PhD? Yes! #successstory blog posts, written by two of our Postgraduate Researchers.
Neurodiversity Resource Hub
The Neurodiversity Resource Hub was created as a part of a Wellcome Trust ISSF project by the School of Cancer Sciences and the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine, part of the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, to embrace neurodiversity and support neurodivergent staff and Postgraduate Research (PGR) students, but the resources will be useful for all.
The hub includes information on neurodiversity terminology; inclusive and accessible practices; support for neurodivergent staff and PGR students; and navigating working relationships including that of supervisor and PGR student.
All materials included within the hub are by experts in the field of neurodiversity and disability equality or from the University of Glasgow’s own materials.
Peer Wellbeing Support
Peer Wellbeing Support is a confidential, student-led listening service. It allows students to talk and share their problems, and receive support from trained Peer Wellbeing Supporters.
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.
AccessAble - access guides
AccessAble provide an online description of the physical access features of over 100 university services and buildings across all three of our campuses, including:
- the Hunterian Museum
- Sports and Recreation Service
- various accommodation sites.
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.
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 Disability Service has set up an email distribution list ensure students, who require the use of these lifts, are notified of any lifts which are affected in this way.
If you are a student and wish to be added to this email distribution list please contact the Disability Service at firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Out of Order Lift Distribution List' in the subject line. You do not need to be registered with the Disability Service to be added to this distribution list and you can opt in and out at any time.
Thinking about what to do with your future? Check out all the information and support provided by the University's Careers Service.
Careers & Global Opportunities signed a contract with EmployAbility and we are now kite marked as a next generation inclusive service/university. We are one of ten universities in the EmployAbility Scottish HEI consortium for 2021-2022. As part of this, there will be Zoom based group events which disabled students and graduates can attend. They will be run by advisers at EmployAbility. Students can also access free one-to-one consultancy and advocacy support with EmployAbility as part of this arrangement. All you need to do is sign up on the EmployAbility site.
You might also find the following external resources useful. Please note we are not responsible for content on these webpages.
MyPlus Students' Club - helping students and graduates with disabilities land their dream job.
Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL) Professional Careers Programme - GCIL is a user-led organisation, run by disabled people for disabled people. They believe that barriers in society disable people, rather than individual impairments. The Professional Careers Programme is a 2-year salaried employment opportunity for disabled graduates. NHS Scotland is one of their partners.
Inclusion Scotland's practical information on the Access to Work scheme.
Need assistance to evacuate during an emergency? Information on the arrangements in place can be found on Safety & Environmental Protection Services.
Policies and Plans
View the University’s current Equality and Diversity Policy & related Disability Appendix.
View the University's Accessible Events Policy
Accessible & Inclusive Learning Policy.
View the University's British Sign Language (BSL) Action Plan