This guide is for all staff at the University of Oxford. We all have a role to play in creating an environment which is accessible and inclusive for all our students, so that everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve their potential.
Our strategic plan sets out how we value diversity, and by supporting wellbeing, are committed to ensuring that the very best students can flourish in our community. Currently, 17% of our students register with the Disability Advisory Service. Ensuring that every student receives effective support to manage their disability and gets the best out of their time at Oxford is a collaborative effort in which all parts of the University are involved.
From the admissions process onwards, we aim to support disabled students in a way that promotes independence and a sense of belonging. This includes the evaluation of students’ study needs through the Disability Advisory Service, the reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning that are implemented by departments, faculties and colleges, and the central services provided by, for example, the Bodleian libraries and Oxford University Sport.
In these pages, staff can find out more about our Common Framework for supporting disabled students, the processes and procedures followed at Oxford, good practice examples, and advice on embedding an inclusive approach. There is also a directory of training materials for staff who wish to develop their expertise in particular areas of disability support. Do spend time exploring these pages and recommend them to your colleagues.
You can navigate the guide either by browsing the full table of contents below or go back to the main page to explore its seven main chapters.