Further to my email below which I sent
yesterday I’d just like to clarify that ideally the equality
and diversity manager or
Policy Adviser (Disability)
Equality Challenge Unit
From: Stuart Moore
Sent: 26 August 2009 16:28
Subject: Managing funding for anticipated and reasonable adjustments for disabled students and staff in higher education
Managing funding for anticipated and reasonable adjustments for disabled students and staff in higher education
Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) has commissioned Impact Associates to undertake a project which aims to support a more proactive and anticipatory approach to funding support for disabled students and staff in higher education.
Disability Equality Duty requires institutions to anticipate and make
reasonable adjustments for disabled people. Through consultation with the
sector the project will identify current practice in determining, funding and
implementing anticipatory and reasonable adjustments. The project is
funded through HEFCE’s disabled student strategy with the primary focus on
funding adjustments for disabled students in Higher Education in
The attached questionnaire is the first stage of the
study and has been emailed to you as the named equality and diversity contact
on ECU’s mailing list. We would be very grateful if you could provide a
response. We anticipate that the questions can be answered by the
equality and diversity manager and the
The second stage of the project to be undertaken in September will involve identifying ten HEIs to explore in more detail their practice and models with potential for transferability. It is intended to follow up examples that adopt anticipatory approaches to disabled students and staff which diminish the need for, and the costs of, individual reasonable adjustments.
This study will result in a report and briefing which will identify proactive steps institutions can take to develop inclusive management and funding mechanisms for adjustments in HE. The project findings will be disseminated at an appropriate event for the sector.
An advisory group has been established to support the project with representation from: Association of Managers in Student Services, British Universities of Finance Directors Group, Association of University Administrators, Association of Heads of University Administration, National Association of Disability Practitioners, University and College Union, National Association of Student Money Advisers, University College Employers Association, Unison, National Union of Students, SKILL and Access to Work.
We look forward to receiving your responses and thank you in advance for your contribution to this valuable project.
IMPACT Associates and Equality Challenge Unit