Support for people with disabilities

Promoting a positive environment

We are committed to promoting a positive work and study environment, free from unlawful discrimination for our employees and students on the grounds of disability. Disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities and can mean different things to different people. 

The University of Plymouth has a range of initiatives and policies to support you in working or studying here; our campuses and services should be available to everyone regardless of disability status. 

If you experience harassment, bullying or intimidation we can support you; either contact an Harassment Advisor or email equality@plymouth.ac.uk

What is a disability?

Disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities and can mean different things to different people. It may include:

  • dyslexia
  • specific learning disabilities
  • mental health difficulties (such as depression,anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol/substance abuse etc.)
  • autism
  • ADHD
  • a long-term health condition (such as cancer,epilepsy, HIV, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome or arthritis).

Your rights

We offer a range of guidance and support and ensure that we consult with employees or students to determine and make reasonable adjustments as outlined in the Equality Act 2010 where a person has:

(a) a physical or mental impairment, and

(b) the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. (Equality Act 2010, Section 6)

We also monitor information and statistics to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of what we do.

The information that you require may vary depending on whether it is general, or specifically related to being a student or a staff member.

General information about visiting, working and studying with us