The Equality Policy Unit (EPU) is now based on level 12 of the EC Stoner Building, room 12.23.
This team has a strategic and developmental role in helping to drive the equality and diversity agenda forward within the University. The team works across the main protected characteristics (race, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, and age) and delivers major projects relating to staff training, policy development and strategic planning.
For the second year running, the University has published equality information on its students and staff population.
This information can used in a variety of ways, for example as a tool to understand the representation and diversity of staff and students at the university, or to provide evidence to support the identification of activity to improve the student and staff experience.
The information published by the University last year was cited as a good practice example on how well public authorities (including universities) have met their legal requirements under the Public Sector Equality Duty by The Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The information, and information on the University’s equality objectives can be found on the Equality Service website.
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