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This pages provides information about disability, reasonable adjustments, handbook for disabled staff and their managers and Access to Work.

Queen Mary, University of London is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity for all its students and staff. The College aims to create and maintain an appropriate environment in which all people can learn, work and interact freely without fear of discrimination, prejudice or harassment.
All students and staff of the College will be treated equitably and with dignity.
Queen Mary is committed to promote the diversity of its staff and student body.

Definition of Disability

A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Physical or mental impairment includes sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing, as well as 'hidden' impairments, cancer, HIV, and multiple sclerosis, etc.

Supporting Staff with Disabilities

In order to provide information for disabled staff as well as managers, we have produced a handbook and flow charts to find the right procedure for the right support. The handbook is available by clicking the links to your right hand side.

Queen Mary has a duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled staff, there is central budget in HR to fund reasonable adjustments.

Telling Queen Mary that you have a disability is really important to make sure we can provide the support you need. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to disclose your disability either when joining us or if you have acquired a disability while being employed at Queen Mary.

If you have any queries about support available for disabled staff, please contact Bertille Calinaud 
Please note that your queries will be dealt with confidentiality.

Staff initiatives

Queen Mary does not currently have a staff network or forum for disabled staff but if you are interested in developing initiatives or if you have any queries please contact Bertille Calinaud 

Student representatives

Every year a representative for Disabled Student is elected in the Student Union, please visit the student union website for more information:

Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS)

The Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) offers support for all students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and mental health issues at Queen Mary.
Support to all Queen Mary students: full-time, part-time, undergraduate, postgraduate, UK and international is provided at all campuses and all sites. The DDS is based on the second floor of the Francis Bancroft Building at the Mile End Campus.
To find more information about the DDS, please click on the link below:
Contact: 020 7882 2756

Sources of information

Please find below a selection of sources of advice.

Access to Work: government funded programme, that helps disabled people if their health or disability affects the way they do their job. It gives them and QM advice and support with extra costs which may arise because of the person's needs.

British Dyslexia Association: provide impartial and objective advice and support to dyslexic people and those with whom they come into contact

National Autistic Charity: provides information, support and pioneering services for people with autism.

Minds: provides support and advice to to everyone experiencing or working with mental health issues and to employers as well.

Royal National Institute of Blind People: supports blind and partially sighted people.

Action on hearing loss: support people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

If you require this information in a different format (large print, audio, etc.) please contact Bertille Calinaud, Diversity Specialist, ext 5585,

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