The Equality Policy Unit (EPU) is the centre for policy development and expert advice on equality and inclusion at the University of Leeds. It is responsible for:
- supporting the University, including faculties and services, to embed and implement the objectives identified within the Strategy
- ensuring the University meets its statutory obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty
- assisting the University to implement inclusive practice through the development of appropriate policies, guidance and support
- lead the implementation of the Equality and Inclusion Framework and Strategy
- providing a policy development and advisory service to the University and its faculties, schools and services
- promoting and supporting the University’s aspirations to become a national and international sector leader in equality and inclusion
The Equality Policy Unit (EPU) is based on level 12 of the EC Stoner Building, room 12.23.
The services we offer include specialist support from a named Disability Co-ordinator, 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.
We are based at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, we are easy to get to, especially if you are coming from Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, York, Huddersfield or surrounding areas. We believe in providing the highest quality, individualised Needs Assessment so that the disabled student not only gets the most effective support for their studies, but also so that they can take more control over their own studies and have more influence.
The Mental Health Team is comprised of specialist mentors (for those in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance), Psychotherapy trainees and a Mental Health Advisor who will provide a range of services to students who are experiencing an existing or emerging mental health difficulty.
The Support Worker Team employs large teams of support workers to provide different types of one-to-one support for disabled students - this includes personal assistants and note-taker support, mentoring and study strategy tuition.
Leeds is the only university in the UK to have an on-site transcription centre managed jointly with RNIB. This centre converts printed information – mainly textbooks - into a range of accessible formats, including braille, large print, e-text and digital audio. We provide these services to blind and partially-sighted staff and students here at Leeds, and we also market academic transcription services to other universities, colleges and schools.
The Operations team provides front of house reception services, monitors the financial activities of the Leeds Assessment Centre and manages key activities for Disabled Students’ Assessment and Support, including health and safety, finance, recruitment and project initatives.
There are staff within academic departments who have specific roles relating to disability and equality & diversity work. These include:
- Disability Contacts - each academic department at Leeds has a Disability Contact. These staff members have a practical responsibility for ensuring that the department is meeting the access requirements of individual disabled students.
- Diversity Officers - who assist the Equality Policy Unit in promoting good equalities practice within our nine academic faculties