Support for Disabled Staff

All too often, disability can be seen as a problem by employers – something that means you are either ill or that your job performance is suffering. That’s not how we see it.

The University of Leeds supports the social model of disability. We believe that what really disables a person are not the impairments they have, but the physical, organisational and attitudinal barriers society creates by failing to take into account the requirements and aspirations of that person.

To ensure that those of us who are disabled have equal opportunities to non-disabled staff members, the University must make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees. Adjustment is the legal term for any adaptation made in the workplace to ensure equal access for a disabled person.

The most common types of adjustment include:

  • The services of a support worker (for example, a personal assistant or sign-language interpreter)
  • Equipment (for example assistive computer software or an adjustable height desk)
  • Transcription of written materials into accessible formats (for example braille or large print)
  • Reasonable adjustments to workplaces or the physical environment
  • Adjustments to an employee’s duties, working routine or conditions of service

If you would like an informal discussion, guidance or signposting to services available, contact the Equality Policy Unit: or see the Building Disability Confidence guidance.

Disabled Students Assessment and Support

Disability Services offers specialist support for disabled students, liaison with academic departments, sign language interpreting and alternative examination arrangements, extended library loans, the loan of equipment and adaptations to University accommodation. We can also advise you on sources of funding and help you fill in the forms.

Tel: 0113 343 3927
Location: Chemistry West Block


We have a separate page which deals specifically with parking for disabled people, which can be found here.

Please note that if you have disclosed a disability either during the recruitment process or via self service, this information will not be passed to your line manager. If you would like to share this information for any reason eg, to request a reasonable adjustment, please discuss with your line manager.