UN Day International Day of Persons with Disabilities

UN Day International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Issued: Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:37:00 GMT

The annual observance of the UN Day International Day of Persons with Disabilities was on December 3. This day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, including higher education. Here, Vice Principal and Disability Champion, Professor Frank Coton, discusses how the University works to support disabled staff and students.

Frank Coton UN

The University is committed to achieving these goals by providing an accessible and inclusive environment for work, learning, research, and teaching. To help realise these objectives at the University, several members of the Senior Management Team have taken on responsibilities as Equality Champions. These Champions take responsibility for overseeing the support and provision for a particular protected characteristic, or range of characteristics.

Prof Coton is the Disability Equality Champion and his remit includes chairing the Disability Equality Group, assisting with the progression of disability equality projects (e.g. current efforts for the University to reach Disability Confident Level 2, and advocating on behalf of the University's disabled staff, students, and visitors, in keeping with the University's accessibility objectives. 

The UN's 2030 Agenda for Disabled Persons pledges to: 'leave no one behind', and, with the support of the Disability Equality Champion, the University is working to transform itself into a diverse institution that is better accessible for the many. 

The Equality and Diversity team can be contacted at equality@glasgow.ac.uk.