The University of Edinburgh is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for disabled staff and students and aims to create an environment which enables them to participate fully in the main stream of university life.
Disability is understood in the broadest sense and in addition to mobility and sensory impairments includes mental health problems, specific learning difficulties and medical conditions which may have an impact in day to day activity.
The Student Disability Service provides a range of services in support of the implementation of the Disability Policy.
Sheila is an Edinburgh University graduate and gained her post graduate management qualification from the Open University.
She has worked in the field of disability for over 20 years, mainly in the Scottish voluntary sector, developing information services and policies promoting equality and user involvement, primarily with Capability Scotland and latterly with ENABLE Scotland. She has worked extensively in partnership with the Disability Rights Commission (now part of the Equality and Human Rights Commission) and on a range of Scottish Government working groups promoting equality and diversity issues.
Sheila became Director of Student Disability Services in August 2009, having been an Assistant Director at the Disability Office.
This article was published on Mar 6, 2013