Information for staff

Collaboration with Academic Schools

We work with academic and support staff to ensure teaching and learning activities are accessible to disabled students.  This means enabling students to access course content, fully participate in learning activities and demonstrate their knowledge and strengths at assessment. Personal Learning Support Plans (PLSPs) are drawn up for individual students and Advisers liaise with Schools’ Disability Tutors and academic staff on reasonable adjustments to remove barriers.

We also work closely with Admissions Tutors and Disability Tutors to ensure reasonable adjustments can be put in place and that courses are accessible to individual students.

Policy and Procedure

Contains policy and procedure on the learning environment, assessment, admissions, confidentiality.

Staff Development

We offer tailored development sessions for all staff at the University with the following aims:

  • to increase awareness of the issues and barriers faced by disabled students

  • to explore strategies to provide an inclusive learning experience

  • to outline the University's responsibilities in relation to disabled students

  • to brief staff on the relevant University policies and procedures

Development sessions that are currently available on request include:

  • Awareness training in the following areas:
    • Dyslexia / Dyspraxia / Attentional Difficulties
    • Asperger’s syndrome and related conditions
    • Visual impairment
    • Deaf Awareness
    • Mental health difficulties
  • Legislation in relation to disabled students

  • Bangor's support systems for disabled students

In addition, we recognise that a proactive approach to inclusion is likely to reduce the time academic staff would otherwise spend working on a one-to-one basis with students who are experiencing barriers to learning.  We therefore work closely with the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) to develop and deliver workshops on inclusive learning

If you wish to make your teaching accessible to an individual student, or you simply want to find out more about how to make your teaching inclusive then please contact us.

Resources for Staff

Useful Websites

Inclusive Programmes of Study  

SCIPS (Strategies for the Creation of Inclusive Programmes of Study) This resource is aimed at academic staff and offers strategies for promoting inclusive teaching, learning and assessment within Higher Education programmes of study.  It identifies potential challenges that disabled students may experience in achieving and/or demonstrating key skills and attributes as defined within Subject Benchmark Statements. It also suggests strategies and adjustments to practice that academic staff might consider in helping students overcome these challenges.

Postgraduate Students

This resource base is home to a range of awareness and development materials for staff and students, including research supervisors, managers and postgraduate students.  You will need to register and then search on 'disability'.

Legislation

A publication developed by Equality Challenge Unit to assist institutions in taking a strategic approach to the overall planning cycle, leading to a more inclusive culture and long term cost and efficiency savings.

  • Disability Legislation: Practical Guidance for Academics

    www.ecu.ac.uk

A book produced by the Equality Challenge Unit and the Higher Education Academy to help academic staff apply the Disability Discrimination Act Part 4 to learning and teaching.  Whilst the document refers to the DDA, which has subsequently been replaced by the Equality Act, much of the information in relation to learning and teaching remains relevant.

Equality and diversity for academics

A series of factsheets produced by the Equality Challenge Units aimed at academic staff in Wales and England.

Inclusive Assessments

This resource is the result of a three-year HEFCE funded Project to develop and promote alternative forms of assessment as a way of facilitating a more inclusive approach to assessment. 

Other Sources of Support

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) also disseminates the learning from disability projects through its UK-wide network of Subject Centres to embed disability awareness and practice in professional standards of frameworks.  Many Subject Centres have provided or commissioned discipline-specific information and resources on disability.  Visit their website and enter 'disability' into their search engine to bring up a list of useful resources.

To find out more about activity in your discipline, please visit the relevant Subject Centre website – accessible through a drop-down list on the Academy’s home page.

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