Support for people with disabilities

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. 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, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome or arthritis).

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

AccessAble – practical information about the main buildings on our campus and their accessibility to help you plan your way around the campus.

Access to work – a government scheme that provides access to financial support to help an individual with a disability to either start work or to remain in employment. 

Health and safety – advice on agreeing to Personal Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) – University guidance relating to the development of a personal evacuation plan for an employee or student with a disability.

Student support services

Disability Services – information and guidance for applicants, current students, international students and people progressing from one of our partner colleges. 

Disability Services will work with you to help you make informed decisions about the support that might help you with your studies. 

Staff information

Occupational health – information and support for employees who develop a health-related disability during their employment.

See our guides to ensuring workplace equality for staff with disabilities and employment of disabled staff policy.

Assistive technologies – information and guidance about technology that can promote inclusive practice in teaching and learning at the University of Plymouth.

Mental health awareness – briefing sessions organised by the organisational development team to raise awareness and provide guidance for employees working with students or staff with a mental health condition.