In the UK, ‘disability’ is defined in law as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term negative impact on day to day activities. This might include:

  • Long term medical conditions (e.g. Epilepsy)
  • Sensory impairments (e.g. hearing or sight difficulties)
  • Mental health conditions (e.g. depression)
  • Physical impairments (e.g. wheelchair user)
  • Specific learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia)
  • Autism

Disabled students (including international disabled students) are protected under Section 6 of the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act says that you cannot be treated any less favourably than a student who is not disabled. You may also be entitled to additional support and services.

How can the Disability Team help?

We provide a free of charge and confidential service to all disabled students, including International students. We will not pass on any information to your sponsor, academics, or family unless you ask us to. 

How might this support differ from other countries?

International students receive the same adjustments and support as all other Glasgow Caledonian University students. This might be different to the support you may have received in your home country.

Other potential differences for disabled students in the UK include: Educational equality for disabled children. Most disabled children in the UK attend mainstream schools, so the educational experiences of disabled students prior to starting university are no different to those of non-disabled students.