Workplace adjustments

The social model of disability suggests that people are disabled by barriers in society, rather than by their impairment or difference. Workplace adjustments can help remove these barriers in a managed and supportive way.

The University has a duty to take steps to remove, reduce or prevent the obstacles faced by disabled colleagues or job applicants, where it's reasonable to do so. 

Adjustments are changes that are made to the work environment or the way the work is carried out, so that someone with a disability can do their job more effectively.   

We are currently updating our guidance for managers on supporting disabled colleagues in the workplace.  In the interim, the process for making reasonable adjustments should be followed. Reasonable adjustment process (Office document, 378kB)
Reasonable adjustments explainer 

Watch this short video produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. It gives more information on the types of adjustments that might be required.

Workplace Adjustment Plans

A Workplace Adjustment Plan is a living record of workplace adjustments agreed between a colleague and their line manager.

Guidance for managers

Disability Confident and CIPD have produced a practical guide for line managers on recruiting, managing and developing people with a disability or health condition.

Information on neurodiversity at work

Learn more about neurodiversity, the benefits for organisations, and how to support neurodivergent people to be comfortable and successful at work.

Disability awareness factsheets

Remploy have produced a range of free Disability Factsheets that cover impact and possible adjustments. 

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