As an institution we are bound by numerous legal frameworks including the accessibility requirements for public bodies, the Equality Act (2010), and EU directives.
The Equality Act
In relation to disabled people, the Equality Act (2010) institutes a duty for public and private sector organisations (including HEPs) to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ in order to make sure that disabled people are not being disadvantaged.
This includes making changes to the organisation’s provisions or practices, its physical features, or providing auxiliary aids, if a disabled person would be disadvantaged without these adaptations or provisions. It also includes an anticipatory duty on organisations, meaning that some of these changes or provisions should be made in advance of a disabled person needing them, rather than as a reaction to someone having been disadvantaged.
EU Directive on Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications 2018
Requires all EU member states to make sure their websites and mobile apps meet common accessibility standards. The directive was transposed into the laws of each EU member state on 23 September 2018 and will continue within UK law.
Office for Students
In order to charge higher level tuition fees, providers must submit plans to the OfS outlining how they will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups – including disabled students – to access, succeed and progress from higher education.
The OfS monitors access and participations plans to make sure that the providers honour the commitments they make to students in these plans, and take action if they do not.
Disability does not feature directly in our APP targets but it is a category which we are supposed to monitor.