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Staff development

Training and development is provided by a number of departments and external agencies. Information about these is provided by the Training and Development Unit. The DRC (link to also runs specific training and awareness sessions on request for schools and departments. Sessions can be tailored to the needs of staff or focus on specific issues, for example, Asperger’s syndrome, positive communication strategies and supporting students with mental health difficulties as well as advice on the use of University policies such as the Fitness to Study policy.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP), a programme that new lecturers are required to attend includes input from support services so that the awareness of staff to the additional support needs of students is included in this induction to University learning and teaching.

An online disability awareness programme is available and is now part of induction for all staff.

The Disability Equality Group and the Equality & Diversity Committee review and monitor the central provision of training and induction activities to ensure that diversity awareness is embedded in University programmes.

Staff involved in all areas of learning & teaching should be aware of accessibility issues and disability legislation. The following areas are all covered in the legislation and need to be considered for accessibility:

  • curriculum design, programmes of study and modules
  • programme materials
  • approaches to teaching and learning
  • assessments and examinations
  • laboratories, workshops and other practice-based environments (including the activities which take place in them)
  • placements, study abroad and field trips (including the activities which take place during them)

Support resources are available on each of these areas, see ‘Accessible….’ Resources section.

If additional information or training is required by your school or service, sessions can be arranged through the DRC (link to or TDU (link to:


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