Disability Services Committee

Terms of reference

July 2014 - The structure and terms of reference of the Disability Services Committee shall be approved or varied only by the Directorate.

• The Disability Officer shall be Chair of the Disability Services Committee, or in his/her absence, any nominated member or the Student Support Manager.

• The membership shall be decided by the Committee; if necessary, the Committee shall have the power to co-opt additional members.

• The Committee shall meet three times during the academic year. Subject to the overall responsibility of the Directorate, the Committee shall be responsible for:

1. Encouraging the University in adopting the social model of disability, in developing an inclusive environment;

2. Overseeing the University’s compliance with disability legislation and the disability policy, and approving any amendments to the policy;

3. Recommending procedures and identifying resource requirements across the University for the provision of reasonable adjustments for University disabled users; Recommendations shall be forwarded to appropriate committees via the Chair of the Committee or to Directorate, as appropriate;

4. Making minutes available to all staff and students on the University intranet, revised where necessary, to respect confidentiality;

5. Monitoring and reviewing the impact of institutional policies, procedures and practices on students and staff with disabilities with a view to continuous improvement;

6. Making recommendations regarding programme specifications, to ensure that these consider the requirements of disabled students;

7. Monitoring the University’s Disability Access Plan on an annual basis.