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									Disability Action Plan for students 2007 – 2009




  Disability Action Plan for
          Students:
                        2007-2009




This scheme is available at:
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ssc/equality_diversity.php

For further information, contact: ssc@nottingham.ac.uk

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Introduction

The University of Nottingham is committed to excellence in the advancement and
communication of knowledge. It aims to strengthen its position as a world-leading
institution, undertaking acclaimed research across a comprehensive range of
disciplines, and providing high-quality and innovative teaching.

People are central to achieving this goal, and the University wishes to recruit and
retain students of the highest calibre.

Only by ensuring equality of opportunity can the University be confident that it is
recruiting from the widest available pool of talented individuals.


Our Equal Opportunities Policy sets out how the University will promote equal
opportunities regardless of race, gender, disability, age, faith or sexual
orientation, in the delivery of its services to students and employment of staff.

The purpose of this Disability Action Plan for Students is to identify ways in which
the University can:

      Eliminate unlawful discrimination.
      Eliminate unlawful harassment.
      Promote equality of opportunity between disabled and non disabled
       people.

This Disability Action Plan is based on a number of core areas which form the
action planning framework from which we can build standards and focus on the
actions that need to be taken. The areas are:

      Pre application
      Admissions
      Teaching, Learning and Study
      Student involvement
      Attainment and retention
      Consultation
      Access to support


1. Our objectives

This Action Plan sets out the framework within which the University can promote
equality for, and prevent discrimination against disabled people on the grounds of
disability alone. The following objectives are intended to support and complement
this framework:


Objective 1 – We will promote equality for disabled applicants by:
    Examining the operation and impact of our policies and practice.
    Paying close attention to the ways in which we communicate with
      prospective students including the images we use in promotional
      materials.
    Use of widening participation initiatives to promote both the University in
      general and also specific subjects to under-represented groups.




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Objective 2 – We will seek to demonstrate equality of access for disabled
students by:
     Close examination of admissions processes and outcomes.
     Challenging patronising or discriminating attitudes.
     Making the University environment as supportive as possible for all.
     eliminating any possible discrimination in selection and retention.
Objective 3 – We will support all students to achieve their full potential
by:
     Identifying and analysing trends in performance.
     Identifying and analysing study levels and modes.
     Identifying and analysing student leaving data.
Objective 4 – We will seek to deliver equality of access to full
participation by
     Working with the Students’ Union to identify areas in student involvement
       where disabled students have lower engagement.
     having agreed principles and codes of practice for involvement with SU.
     Supporting the Disabled Students Officer and their work.
Objective 5 – We will seek to ensure equal access to mechanisms for
dealing with difficulties and feedback by
     Monitoring patterns of response to Surveys and other relevant feedback
      mechanisms.
     Monitoring the utilisation and experience of bullying and harassment and
      complaints procedures.
Objective 6 – We will seek to ensure equality of access to University
delivered services by
     Use of images of disabled people in the promotion of our services.
     Examining equality of access to specific areas of Student Services.

2. Monitoring involvement, engagement and balance
The University has a Diversity Officer (Students) whose remit is to be
responsible for promoting equality of access for all students and applicants by
influencing the development of policy and procedures relating to diversity issues.

This is achieved by engaging in advisory, developmental, monitoring and
evaluation work on a University wide basis and is specifically involved in
overseeing the implementation of the Disability Action Plan for Students.

Overall responsibility for monitoring is located within the structure of the Equality
and Diversity Committee and the Advisory Group on Disability.

The University’s Survey Unit seeks feedback from students on all aspects of
provision on a regular basis and it will be possible to target disabled students in
relation to their views and experiences. Feedback is used to inform developments
and determine priorities.


3. The Students’ Union, in partnership with the University
The Students’ Union has assisted with the Disability Action Plan for Students and,
whilst theirs is not statutory duty, it is important to note practice since this may
impact upon students.

The Students’ Union has developed a number of policies to assist with Equal
Opportunity monitoring and practice, principally an Equal Opportunities Policy.

The full Policy file and the Clubs and Societies Code of Practice can be
viewed from www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/union/union_constitution.php . In
response to any complaints the Students’ Union would rely upon their Grievance




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Procedure and the Disciplinary Procedure for enforcement. Details of the
Students’ Union complaints procedure can also be found at the above location.



4. How the University will make use of the results of its Assessments,
Consultations and Monitoring
Where actions are taken in line with the Disability Action Plan, the results of
assessments, consultations, and monitoring will be reported in the following
year’s Action Plan as well as being reported through the University’s Equality and
Diversity Committee and any other relevant body.

A programme of Impact Assessments on all relevant dimensions of the
University’s activity in relation to the student body will enable both Schools and
central service providers to identify any areas of activity in which there are
concerns relating to disability equality and for which appropriate revisions to
policy or practice are required.

The University will proactively update the Disability Action Plan for Students,
whenever appropriate, to take into consideration changes in procedure or best
practice guidelines. As a minimum, the Disability Action Plan for Students will be
updated annually. Formal Revision of the Plan will take place every three years.


5. Physical Environment
The University will continue to improve access to buildings in a systematic manner
as well as being responsive to the requirements of current students.
Improvements will include providing adequate numbers of accessible parking
spaces at appropriate locations across the University.
The Estates Office have developed Building Access Plans which clearly identify
‘common’ parts of buildings such as WC’s, corridors, lifts and staircases as well as
areas such as catering areas, seminar rooms and lecture theatres. The plans also
provide information as to the location of refuges and evacuation chairs, which are
required as part of the University strategy to ensure the evacuation of disabled
people in an emergency.
The Estates Office is aware of the need to disseminate the Estates strategy and
plans to enhance campus accessibility and to fully consult in advance with all
parties concerned over future developments.

6. Training Staff on their duty to Promote Equality
The University aims to encourage all staff to undertake training in relation to
equal opportunities and such issues are now addressed specifically as part of the
induction process for new staff. To maximise the potential for individuals to
undertake relevant training, the University has developed a portfolio of training
packages which can be accessed by staff and managers. Details are available at:

www.nottingham.ac.uk/sedu/courses/EO_courses.php?course=CINTP.in
c.

Training in equality awareness has been ongoing. There has been extremely
positive feedback from the Drama for Training courses with approximately 1,500
staff having been through this course. In addition, 76 members of staff have
successfully completed the on-line training. In addition to specific equality
training, issues of equality are also embedded in many generic training courses.

The provision and take-up of training will be reviewed as part of the Disability
Equality Scheme as will the content of such training to ensure that it covers the




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appropriate range of issues and reflects a changing legislative and policy
environment.


Detailed Action Plan


Objective 1 – We will promote equality for disabled applicants by:

     Objective         Action & Outcome           Accountability              Timescale
Examining the        Annual revision by           Equality and     Annually
operation and        E&DC through Equality        Diversity
impact of our        Impact Assessments           Committee
policies and         (EIAs)
practice.



Paying close         Marketing materials          Marketing        Consider diversity as part of
attention to the     show a balanced view of                       the creative process for each
ways in which we     courses and a variety of                      publication. Annual review of
communicate with     images which reflect the                      publications.
prospective          diversity of the
students including   University student
the images we use    population.
in promotional
materials.

Use of widening      Ongoing revision and         Widening         Continuing
participation        consultation                 Participation
initiatives to                                    /Marketing
promote both the
University in
general and also
specific subjects
to under-
represented
groups.




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Objective 2 – We will seek to demonstrate equality of access for disabled
students by:


    Objective           Action & Outcome          Accountability             Timescale
Close examination    To examine application       Admissions        Annual review of applications
of admissions        ‘trends’ by disability       Office with
processes and                                     Equality and
outcomes                                          Diversity
                                                  Committee



Challenging          Monitor student              Student           Annual review
patronising or       feedback including           Services,
discriminating       student surveys,             Advisory Group
attitudes.           complaints procedures        on Disability,
                     and informal feedback        Students’ Union
                     through the Students’        SEDU
                     Union.
                     Training those involved
                     in student support to
                     create a more inclusive
                     environment for
                     disabled students.
Making the           As above and monitor         Student           Ongoing
University           EIAs and undertake           Services,
environment as       statistical monitoring.      Advisory Group
supportive as        Review and develop           on Disability,
possible for all.    training programmes as       Students’ Union
                     necessary.                   SEDU


To eliminate any     Augment existing             Academic          Annual assessment and
possible             monitoring practices by      Services          reporting
discrimination in    including:                   Division,
selection and        • Attendance at              Admissions
retention.           Disability Equality          Office and
                     Training                     Equality and
                     • Harassment and             Diversity
                       discrimination claims      Committee
                     • Grievances

                     Publish student profile
                     annually.




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Objective 3 – We will support all students to achieve their full potential
by:


          Objective           Action & Outcome      Accountability          Timescale
Teaching and learning         Annual review of     Planning and       Report to E&DC through
Identifying and analysing     data broken down     Management         AGD on an annual basis
trends in performance:        by disability and    Information
-within subject area.         any other relevant   Division with
-by degree class/outcome      factors.             Equality and
-by withdrawal/ retention                          Diversity
rates.                                             Committee

Identifying and analysing     Annual review of     Planning and       Report to E&DC through
study levels and modes        data broken down     Management         GAG on an annual basis
-postgraduate/                by disability and    Information
 undergraduate                any other relevant   Division with
-part-time/full-time          factors.             Equality and
-Delivery methods (ie:                             Diversity
distance learning).                                Committee

Identifying and               Annual review of     Equality and       Report to E&DC through
analysing;                    data broken down     Diversity          AGD on an annual basis
- student leaving data and    by disability and    Committee with
- first destinations of       any other relevant   Centre for
graduates/ qualifiers.        factors.             Career
                                                   Development


Being proactive in            Ensure study         Student Services   Annual review
ensuring equality of access   support is
to relevant study support     accessible and
opportunities.                centrally located




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Objective 4 – We will seek to deliver equality of access to full
participation by

      Working with the Students’ Union to identify areas in student involvement
       where disabled students have lower engagement.


      Objective          Action & Outcome          Accountability              Timescale
Have agreed          Equality of opportunity is   Students’ Union   At least every 3 years, but
principles and       enshrined within the SU      Executive and     normally as often as 1 year.
codes of practice    These principles are         Students’ Union
for involvement      continuously reinforced      Council.
with SU.             by regulations.



Provide              Disabled Students            Disabled          Elections each year
representation       Officer shall the            Students
within the           representative of            Officer,
Students’ Union.     disabled students within     Students’ Union
                     the Students’ Union.         Executive and
                                                  Students’ Union
                                                  Council.

Involvement of       Equal Opportunities          Advisory Group    Attend meetings termly
Students’ Union      Officer and Disabled         on Disability.
with University      Students Officer to be
committee            involved with the
structure.           University’s Advisory
                     Group on Disability.




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Objective 5 – We will seek to ensure equal access to mechanisms for
dealing with difficulties and feedback by



         Objective             Action & Outcome       Accountability           Timescale
Monitoring patterns of       Annual Surveys.          Survey Unit      An annual exercise
response to the
University’s own Student
Satisfaction Survey and
the National Student
Satisfaction Survey and
other relevant feedback
mechanisms.

Monitoring the utilisation   Identify significance    Academic         Annual, continuing (on an
and experience of bullying   and cause of any         Services         academic year basis)
and harassment and           disability related       Division and
complaints procedures.       imbalance and            Student
                             determine                Services with
                             appropriate corrective   Equality and
                             action.                  Diversity
                                                      Committee.




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Objective 6 – We will seek to ensure equality of access to University
delivered services by


          Objective             Action & Outcome      Accountability           Timescale
Use of images of disabled     Liaison with service   Student           Annually
people in the promotion of    providers to review    Services
our services.                 existing
                              communications and
                              presentation styles
                              and advise on
                              revisions.
Monitoring access to
specific areas of Student
Services
a. Disability Support.        Examination of         Academic          Regular annual review to
                              usage stats.           Support           ensure no significant
                                                                       impairment group bias.




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