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Disability Action Group

Equality & Inclusion 


Disability refers to someone who has a physical or mental impairment or an impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Leeds Beckett aims to make all aspects of its provision as accessible and inclusive as possible by providing a culture and environment in which students, prospective students, visitors and staff can feel comfortable and achieve their full potential. This is in line both with our responsibilities under the Public Sector Equality Duty within the Equality Act (2010) and our institutional strategic aims

The Disability Action Group is an opportunity for both staff and students to meet to address any concerns or issues that they, or fellow students, staff and visitors may be facing.

How can I join?

To join the mailing list please contact the Disability Action Group's forums chair, Christine Simpson at C.Simpson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Plus Icon Our Purpose

The purpose of the Forum is:

  • To provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment in which to discuss issues relating to Disability and Accessibility;
  • To provide support, networking and share best practice across all equality strands; to assist in the monitoring and reporting on compliance with equality and diversity legislation and good practice;
  • To contribute to the development of policies directly relating to equality and diversity, and those which indirectly affect equality and diversity issues through the equality impact assessment process.
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The forum meets 3 times per year during the day, alternating between City and Headingley Campus, lunch is provided. We welcome new members to participate in a friendly environment.
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Christine Simpson

Office Manager of  Campus and Residential Services (CARES) and Estate Services. Christine also looks after the University Entertainment Licensing and is responsible for ensuring that all equipment for students with a disability are purchased and installed in the University Halls of Residence flats for the start of the academic term. Christine attends the University Equality and Diversity Committee.

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  • Thursday  06th February 2020, 12:00-14:00 @ City Campus, The Gateway 
  • Thursday 04 June 2020, 12:00-13:30 @  City Campus, Calverley 104
Please confirm your attendance with Forum Chair/s in case of any changes
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The Disability Action Group has been a forum for communication across Facilities and Service Areas. We have successfully lobbied changes to the estate and been involved in a number of developments relating to adjustments, implementation and installation of facilities for students, staff and visitors. These include; 

  • In response to concerns raised about access the University has collaborated with colleagues and  DisabledGo to produce our Accessibility Statement 
  • Improved access to James Graham: ramp access and accessible automated door
  • Facility for portable hoists and disabled changing room at City Campus in the Rose Bowl 
  • Installation of a fully accessible suite in the James Graham Building (shower, changing couch, closomat toilet, full ceiling hoist)  
  • Ramp access to Northern Terrace and Queen’s Square House 
  • Automated door in Leslie Silver Building
  • Transport: Extended hours for First Bus
  • Living Well Poster for Students in the University Halls of Residence; this poster is placed in all student flats and provides information on Accommodation/Security/Equality/Disability and Welfare Services available
  • Sharing knowledge about issues which students with a disability have within their Halls and University premises, i.e. equipment/access and timetabling.
  • Equality impact assessment of the staff absence procedure (linked to disability).
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Up-coming events

  • Dyslexia Awareness Week - 07 October 2019

  • World Mental Health Awareness Day - 10 October 2019

  • Disability History Month 22 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 : UKDHM in 2019 will focus on disabled leaders throughout history and their struggle for acceptance, for more information visit: https://ukdhm.org/
  • World AIDS Day - 1 December 2019

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December 2019

This conversation was filmed on Thursday 7 November 2017 as part of a programme of events coordinated by the University's Disability Action Group to mark UK Disability History Month. James shares his insights and experiences of autism, covering topics such as the language of disability.

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