What is a disability?
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)
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.
- Less reliance on volunteers or charities. Disabled students in the UK do not usually rely on help from friends or classmates when they are on campus. Instead, the university provides support. So, for example, if you have mobility difficulties and need help moving around campus, the university will provide you with an assistant (employed by the university).
- Support provided free of charge to all. Disabled students in the UK do not have to make any financial contribution to the support they receive through the Disability Team at their university.
To learn more about our services and facilities, have a look at the rest of our webpages, or make an appointment to see a Disability Adviser.