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.
Read our guidance for managers on making workplace adjustments – Workplace adjustments guidance (Office document, 272kB)
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.
A Workplace Adjustment Plan is a living record of workplace adjustments agreed between a colleague and their line manager.
Disability Confident and CIPD have produced a practical guide for line managers on recruiting, managing and developing people with a disability or health condition.
Learn more about neurodiversity, the benefits for organisations, and how to support neurodivergent people to be comfortable and successful at work.
Remploy have produced a range of free Disability Factsheets that cover impact and possible adjustments.