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Update | Education: disability discrimination at university

Salima Mawji considers the rising trend of disability discrimination at university

24 May 2013

The Equality Act 2010 ("the Act") places a duty on universities to ensure that they do not discriminate against students who have a disability. Section 91(2) of the Act stipulates that the responsible body of a university must not discriminate against a student by subjecting them to any detriment; section 91(3) states that it must not discriminate against a disabled person in the arrangements it makes for deciding upon who to confer a qualification.

When applying for a place at university, students are invited to declare on their UCAS forms as to whether they have a disability. The more obvious disabilities are diagnoses that the student may have had while at school, and include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, etc. However, some students may have suffered historically from depression but they do not see this as an obvious disability that would get caught by the Act. By declaring a disability on the UCAS form, the student is triggering the internal mechanism at th...

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