Health & Safety Department

Staff Disability Advice Service

Staff Disability Advice Service (including staff who are deaf and/or neurodivergent)

The University aims to be an employer of choice for disabled people and is committed to removing barriers to employment for disabled staff. We strive to maintain a people-centred and inclusive working environment where staff feel confident to disclose their disability, impairment or neurodiversity and have access to support, if required.

The Staff Disability Advice Service (SDAS) can provide advice and guidance to disabled, deaf, and/ or neurodivergent colleagues as well as their line managers. Staff can contact the service to get advice on reasonable adjustments in the workplace or information about Access to Work. SDAS digital leaflet

The University has guidance for disabled staff and their line managers on the Disabled Staff Support website. We recommend that all staff and line managers refer this guidance prior to contacting the SDAS. Also, there is an expectation that line managers will have completed the online training on Implementing Reasonable Adjustments.

Please note that we do not require any medical proof of a disability, neurodivergence or health condition to access advice and support from the service.

Data Protection

The SDAS will treat all personal data in line with the General Data Protection Regulations, please read the Privacy Notice for more information on how we manage your personal data.

Staff Disability Advice Service Privacy Notice

Accessing the Staff Disability Advice Service

The Service is available to all staff and their line managers

What do we mean by ‘Disability’?

What is covered by the term 'Disability'?

The Social Model of Disability

Description of the The Social Model of Disability

Reasonable adjustments

Explanation of reasonable adjustments

Internal Support

The University has a large number of support networks or services available to staff

External Support

Support provided by external agencies available to staff

Staff Disability Advice Service

  • Health and Safety Department

Contact details



Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street

Post Code


  • The service is available for appointments during these days and times:
    · Monday afternoons between 12.30 and 15.30
    · Tuesday mornings between 09.00 and 12.00
    · Thursday afternoons between 12.30 and 15.30
    · Some Friday mornings between 09.00 and 12.00
    Emails will be responded to within 5 working days

Students who require support with a disability, please see the Student Disability and Learning Support Service


Contact us through an online sign language interpreter

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact the University of Edinburgh via Contact Scotland BSL, the online British Sign Language video relay interpreting service.

Find out more on the Contact Scotland BSL website