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

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.

We have a duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled staff.

Telling the university 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 here.You can update your records within the Personal Details section on MyHR.

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

This website also provides a lot of information for managers and recruiters, including example of reasonable adjustments:

Staff and dyslexia

If you think you may be dyslexic and would like to undertake an assessment, please contact Cheryl Measures (c.l.measures @ in CAPD who can do a screening.

Mental Wellbeing

QMUL is committed to support staff with mental health issues and signed the Time to Change Pledge in March 2014. The action plan is available here:  TTC Action plan - Fina [PDF 310KB]

To find out more about the Time to Change campaign where many free resources are available, visit:

The below links provide access to recent Time to Change training videos:

Introduction to Emotional Resilience
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Starting the Conversation  

All staff at QMUL have access to the Employee Assistance programme Workplace Options, which provides free counseling to staff on a number of issues.
(Note this service is separate from QMUL and completely confidential.)

You can also contact your HR Business partner should you want to discuss issues/require advice (whether for you or a member of your staff).

Occupational Health and Safety Directorate

OHSD can provide advice to disabled staff and their managers.
Find out more on

Disability Network

QMUL set up a disability staff network in 2014 aimed at raising awareness and ensuring that disabled staff are provided with the right support.
The network is currently hosted under QMPlus. 
It is open to all staff, whether they are disabled themselves, managed someone disabled, are carers or are interested in being part of the group
To join the network email the Diversity team: 


Student representatives

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

Student ability society

QMSU Mental Wellbeing

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 QMUL 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 the Diversity Team, ext 5585 or 5519.

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