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Admissions Policy

3.7. Entry for Candidates with disabilities

3.7.1 The University is committed to considering applications for students with a range of disabilities. Applicants are advised to indicate special requirements on their application forms and are encouraged to seek advice on the suitability of the course, University accommodation and other matters. Applications to University courses will be assessed purely on academic grounds.

3.7.2 All applicants to the University are considered equally. Where an applicant declares an impairment we will try to ensure that any support needs are identified at an early stage, but this should not involve unreasonable delays in processing such applications. Nor does it involve withholding an offer to an otherwise qualified applicant on the grounds of his or her impairment, except in the following cases:

  • Risk to health and safety: certain conditions may present safety risks, despite all reasonable adjustments being made.

Any less favourable treatment would be unusual and would only arise in limited circumstances.

  • The need for specially adapted accommodation: the availability of such accommodation cannot be guaranteed to all potential applicants.
  • Physical access issues. It may be the case that, despite all reasonable adjustments having been made, some key locations remain inaccessible to students with certain disabilities.

3.7.3 SENDA normally makes it illegal to reject an applicant on the grounds of disability. Under current legislation, however, there are only three instances in which a university can reject a disabled applicant if they have the entry criteria necessary, these are:

  • overriding health and safety concerns;
  • barriers resulting from professional requirements;
  • necessary reasonable adjustments cannot be made

3.7.4 The University will be proactive in encouraging disclosure at all stages of the application process

3.7.5  Applications from candidates with disabilities will be judged on the basis of the criteria described above, subject to professional practitioner requirements where they apply. Academic decisions and discussion of support needs are undertaken independently. If the University is unable to meet additional needs, or can only do so by compromising the learning experience which would disadvantage the applicant, the University undertakes to inform the applicant immediately the situation is apparent.

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