Student Disability Service

Disabled students in higher education

Universities and higher education institutions (HEIs) have legal obligations and a requirement to eliminate discrimination and advance equality of opportunity.

What does the Equality Act say about disability and disabled students in higher education?

A higher education institution must not discriminate against, harass or victimise:

  • Prospective students
  • Students at the institution
  • In some limited circumstances, former students
  • Disabled people who are not students at the institution but who hold or have applied for qualifications conferred by the institution.

We must not discriminate against a student:

  • In the way we provide education for the student.
  • In the way we give the student access to a benefit, facility or service.
  • By not providing education for the student.
  • By not affording the student access to any benefit, facility or service.
  • By excluding the student.
  • By subjecting them to any other detriment.

Continue reading about the Equality Act 2010