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Staff Disability Forum

Terms of Reference

Aims of the group:

•  To raise awareness of disability issues at UCL including environmental, behavioural and institutional barriers experienced by Disabled People with a range of physical, cognitive and mental health conditions ;

•  To represent the views of Disabled Staff and staff who are closely associated with Disabled People, and act as a body of expertise on disability issues at UCL;

•  To advise senior management on how to promote a culture which includes Disabled People and celebrates diversity ;

•  To deepen the knowledge of disability equality issues of group members, encouraging a pan-impairment approach to understanding disability equality;

•  To provide opportunities for social and professional networking among group members.

The group will achieve these aims by:

•  Involvement and consultation on the university's plans, strategies, policies and guidance, insofar as they impact upon Disabled People;

•  A cting as a channel for communication with senior management on disability issues;

•  Analyse staff and student disability data with a view to addressing identified areas of concern;

•  Assisting in the coordination of events and activities which celebrate diversity at UCL;

•  Supporting and monitoring the implementation of the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan;

•  Facilitating information sharing between members.


Any member of staff who is a Disabled Person or who has a significant interest in inclusion issues can apply to be a member of the group; however membership will be limited to 20-25 staff.

It is important that the group contains a good balance of academic and professional services staff at all grades and an equal representation of men and women.

The group will be supported by a wider, online network that any member of staff can join.

Responsibilities of members:

•  Members must maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information;

•  Members are expected to contribute in some way to the group;

•  Members are encouraged to attend events organised by the group.

The group will meet at least once each term and hold an annual training and induction event which all group members will be encouraged to attend.

The group will report to the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee (EDC).

A Male and female co-chair will be elected and will serve three terms.

Members of the SDF

Click here to find out more about the members of UCL's Staff Disability Forum.



Last updated: 05th September 2016