Disability

Below are some useful links to groups both within the University and in the wider community.

Hi, I'm Suzanne Harris. As Events and Venues Manager at Bath Spa Live I welcome the public to our three main performance venues and at a variety of spaces around Bath. I want audience members to feel safe, comfortable and included in all our work, and I’m really pleased that - by joining the EDSG - I have joined a team which helps to ensure that BSU extends that welcome to students, visitors and staff in all our buildings.

I’m very interested in the Social Model, an approach to disabled people which is imaginative, inclusive and proactive. The Office for Disabled Issues says: Using the social model helps identify solutions to the barriers disabled people experience. It encourages the removal of these barriers within society, or the reduction of their effects, rather than trying to fix an individual’s impairment or health condition. The social model is the preferred model for disabled people. It empowers disabled people and encourages society to be more inclusive.

It can be easy for those of us working in older buildings or on mixed sites to think we can’t make all our spaces fully accessible. This doesn't mean we should ever stop being vigilant and challenging ourselves in making sure we are still making the very best of ourselves and our buildings for everyone.

Looking forward to the completion of the new Academic Building is a great time to look closely at the rest of the campus - as well as to our attitudes and actions - and see if we can make life for everyone as convenient and inclusive as possible.

If you have any concerns where you feel I could help you, then please do contact me by email s.harris1@bathspa.ac.uk or phone 07970 976358

If you'd like to provide feedback on a current policy, procedure or practice at BSU, or would be willing to provide feedback on any future practice, please also contact me or HR. If you'd prefer to make contact confidentially, then please indicate this.

Events

World Mental Health Week 2014

Bournemouth University is working in partnership with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Richmond Fellowship and Borough of Poole to deliver a number of events throughout week commencing October 6 to mark World Mental Health Day Friday 10 October. Further information here.

Did you know?

Government announces review of disabled students' allowance

Changes to student support in England

Measures to change disabled students’ allowances, available to HE students in England, have been announced by the government. The measures change the balance of responsibilities between government funding and institutional support, with HEIs taking more responsibility for supporting students with mild difficulties, as part of their duties to provide reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has said it will undertake an equality impact assessment of the changes. However, the National Union of Students and other organisations have raised concerns that some disabled students will be left without adequate support.

Progress made on disability-related harassment

A report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has revealed that although some public bodies have made progress in tackling disability-related harassment since 2011, more needs to be done.

Between 2009 and 2011 the commission carried out a formal inquiry into the causes of disability-related harassment and outlined actions public authorities should take to prevent and eliminate it. The EHRC will continue to work with public bodies to implement the recommendations and 'keep the spotlight' on disability related harassment.

Statistics

According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission review, How Fair is Britain:

  • Around 1 in 5 of us report a disability or limiting long-term illness.
  • Around 1 in 10 people in England, Scotland and Wales report potential mental health problems.
  • Across Britain, disables adults are three times as likely as others to have no qualifications.
  • People with a disability or long-term illness are over twice as likely to report bullying or harassment in the workplace as non-disabled people.

Useful links

  • Lifeworks - Our Employee Assistance Programme provides confidential advice and support on issues relating to Gender Equality. You can access the service by going to www.lifeworks.com. Please note that you will need your user ID and password to access the website. If you do not have your membership card please contact HR for the details
  • Attitude is Everything
  • Bath Spa Live is working with this charity to improve access for audiences.
  • International Day for People with Disabilities
  • Office for Disability Issues: A very useful source of advice, with a wealth of interesting statistics, particularly those related to Higher Education
  • Equality and Diversity Steering Group.