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Proposed actions

Success measure / timescales


Progress update

Disability awareness activities (over the course of a chosen month), featuring lectures, promotion of what is available for disabled students and staff, and campaigns to improve this 

(Short Term)

First year: Schedule varied and educational events. 

Second year: Increase in audience numbers for events. 

Third year: Surveying feedback from disabled community, and adapting future events appropriately. 

Talks and sessions discussing disability and resources/support within the University included as part of the Mental Health Awareness Week 21 activity. 

Full update requested in MT21. 

Worth liaising and connecting with activities organised by DAS, SWSS.  

Should this be held in December during the national Disability History Month? 

Might fall into Events Working Group remit. 

[Updated Sept 21] Talks and sessions discussing disability and resources/support within the University included as part of the Mental Health Awareness Week 21 activity. Intro to neurodiversity awareness session held in September 21. Further update from Working Group in MT21. 

Divisional disability advisor resource (e.g. paid full-time Disability Advisor), to support the EDU’s Disability Advisor, train Disability Coordinators, and spearhead activity 

(Short Term action to understand need) 

Explore the need for resource at divisional level to consider whether a strong case could be made to fill such a post.  

If appropriate, develop a proposal for this role’s remit and how it would work with departmental and central colleagues. 

Immediate review of resource required (update requested MT21). 

If progressing, expect a 2-year turnaround.  

Worth exploring to understand the need and make the case for this divisional resource. 

Do departments require additional resource to current coordinators or HR team members, and central EDU support? 


Accessible IT team made up of current IT staff across Division 

(Medium Term) 

Equivalent of one Accessible IT point person per department (with small departments joining up to share resource if appropriate).  

For example, 4 across entire Division eventually, but start with 2 to assess need.   

To be recruited from existing dept IT staff. Estimated FTE 0.1 per person to start with. 

Working Group propose 1 year - update requested MT21. 

IT Staff already overburdened. Training provided and other responsibilities would need to decrease for individuals. 

MPLS ED&I Team to explore with divisional colleagues. 


Creation of a wiki and/or discussion mail list specifically for Accessible IT queries for reference use and knowledge sharing by IT staff mentioned above 

(Medium Term) 

Usability as a resource based on feedback from Accessible IT team. Working Group propose 1 year - update requested MT21.  Need to consider who creates and manages this, and whether it should sit with IT Services rather than the Division.  TBU

MPLS Disability Coordinators network – Disability Coordinators to be appointed and trained in all departments 

(Long Term) 

Regular use of meetings/maillists, high uptake in training, feedback from students and staff about improvements in support plans.  Working Group propose 1 year - update requested MT21.  Areas to consider: the specific activities/tasks for Disability Coordinators (and how they would work in conjunction with the divisional disability advisor role proposed above); whether they would be an extension of the work that the Staff Disability Advisor in the EDU does; and how this would be different (or supplemental) to DAS support for students.  TBU