The Equality Act protects identified groups from discrimination, harassment or victimisation. Disability is one of the protected characteristics identified in the Act.
Full information about the Equality Act can be found on Government webpages, or the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.
Under the Equality Act (2010), a person is considered disabled if they have a substantial and long-term mental or physical impairment that has an adverse effect on their ability to undertake normal day-to-day activities. Study, including examinations, falls under the category of a day-to-day activity.
What does ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ mean?
There are additional regulations applying to progressive and fluctuating conditions. Full guidance on making decisions about the definition of disability can be found on the Government website(PDF).
The Equality Act means that the University must:
It is permissible to treat disabled people ‘more favourably’ than others, where to do so would not breach a competence standard.
Guidance on application of the Equality Act for Further and Higher Education providers is available on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.
Disability Advisory Service
3 Worcester Street
Oxford, OX1 2BX