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Disability Inclusion Student Survey

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Help us shape our Disability Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan.

Improving the experiences of disabled students and staff is an important part of creating an inclusive University. Understanding and learning from the perspectives of disabled people is vital for this work.

The University’s Disability Strategy Steering Group, chaired by Deputy Vice-President for Education Professor Brendan Stone, is developing an institution-wide strategy and action plan to bring about transformational change in disability* equality and inclusion.

The Students’ Union and the Disabled Students’ Committee are actively involved in this partnership work and are represented on the steering group, which brings together students and staff who have a disability and/or have relevant knowledge and expertise. Membership also includes representatives from key University departments such as Student Support Services and Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Leads.

This survey enables you to shape the strategy and action plan: share your views on disability inclusion; provide feedback on work done so far; and propose actions to bring about positive change. Although aimed at disabled students, the survey is open to all.

The outcomes of the survey and next steps will be communicated throughout the Spring and Summer.

Thank you for your input and time.

Please note: you can answer as many or as few questions as you like and there are no compulsory questions. There are no right or wrong answers. The questions are a combination of tick box and free text - there are 41 questions in total. 

Regardless of how many questions you fill in, please do ensure you go to the end of the survey and click SUBMIT.

The answers you provide in this survey will remain anonymous and confidential and are for the purpose of the survey only. It is NOT a disclosure form. Please see Privacy Notice - Disability Inclusion Survey

The survey will close at midnight on 30 April 2021.

You can exit the form at any point by just closing the tab. Support for your wellbeing is available from the Student Wellbeing Service (click link to open in a new tab). To report a specific incident of bullying, discrimination or harassment please visit Report+Support (click link to open in a new tab). This can be done anonymously.

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Points of note


Both the terms ‘disabled student’ and ‘students with a disability’ are used to reflect and respect the differences in individuals’ choice of language and identity.

(ii) Definition of a disability

The definition of disability, under the Equality Act 2010, is “a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long term’ negative effect on your ability to carry out normal daily activities”.  

At the University of Sheffield, we consider disability in its widest context and this includes, but is not limited to: physical disabilities, neurodiversity / specific learning difficulties / learning differences (e.g dyslexia), autism, mental health conditions, chronic health conditions and sensory impairments and recognise that not all disabilities are visible or permanent.

(iii) Mental Health

The disability inclusion work recognises the intersectionality of disability and mental health. However there will be separate working paths to make progress in both areas, which are currently at different stages. This will enable us to more easily capture the synergies of both, and focus appropriately in each area. A joint Student and Staff Mental Health Strategy is being developed, taking a One University approach to supporting mental health in the working and learning environment.