Supporting disabled students and staff at the University

For many years supporting disabled students and staff at Queen’s University has been a key priority. 

Support – whether by providing easy access to many of our new and refurbished buildings, providing information, training and advice or helping develop peoples’ skills and confidence through programmes such as our “Inclusive Employment Scheme” - is all part of the process of ensuring that we provide a modern, accessible, and rewarding environment for all staff.

Our statutory obligations

Under Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA 1995) (as amended by Article 5 of the Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) is required when carrying out its functions to have due regard to the need to:

  • promote positive attitudes towards disabled people; and
  • encourage participation by disabled people in public life

Disability Action Plan (2016-2020)

Under Section 49B of the DDA 1995, the University is also required to submit to the Equality Commission a Disability Action Plan showing how it proposes to fulfil these duties in relation to its functions. Going beyond this, the University is actively committed to effectively implementing this. 

Disability Action Plan 2016 2020.  

This was approved by the University's Standing Committee in Autumn 2016 and submitted to the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland.

Please click here to view our Disability Action Plan Annual Progress Report 2016-17

Informing the University of your disability

Whereas approximately 3% of people are born with a disability or long-term medical condition, about 20% of us will subsequently develop a disability or long-term medical condition, and indeed many of us at some point in our lives will be needed to provide support to a close family member who develops such a condition.

Some staff employed at the University will develop a disability during the course of their employment and when this occurs, it is important that they update their online Equality information (click here to go on Queen's Online) and where applicable enquire from their HR Business Partner or Assistant HR Business Partner whether or not a reasonable adjustment to their duties or ways of working would be supportive.   

It is also vitally important that staff with auditory or mobility problems establish with the Fire Safety officer whether or not it is appropriate to have a PEEP (personal emergency evacuation plan) put in place.

Please contact the Fire Safety Officer on 02890 971092 or email nigel.dunlop@qub.ac.uk

Disability Support Fund

The University has a fund in place to help staff with a disability. In recent years the Diversity and Inclusion Unit has been able to assist disabled colleagues by helping to purchase various pieces of office equipment such as large monitors, specialist chairs etc.

If you feel the University could assist you in this regard please contact us directly on 02890 971046 or email eqdiv@qub.ac.uk .  Please read the terms of reference of the fund below at the link below and if eligible please click here to download an application form for assistance.

Disability Support Fund Terms of Reference

Staff Profiles

Please to read more about how the University has actively supported staff with disabilities or long-term medical conditions, or staff caring for family members:

  • Hazel Clarke - Carer click here
  • Professor Francis Keenan - Professor of Astrophysics and Former Head of School of Mathematics and Physics click here
  • Dr Bronagh Byrne - Lecturer, Social Policy click here
  • Dr Will Pitner - Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical Engineer, Ionic Liquids click here
  • Mr William Houppy - Technician, School of Pharmacy, originally came to Queen's under the Inclusive Employment Scheme and then applied and was successful in gaining employment as a Technician.  Watch a video about his working life at Queen's by clicking here

Disability Research Network

The Disability Research Network at Queen's University is a multi-disciplinary initiative aimed at enhancing collaboration between academics, policymakers, practitioners and community and voluntary sector organisations with an interest in disability studies and research.

It provides a unique opportunity for members to share knowledge and disseminate the growing body of disability research being carried out in Northern Ireland, stimulate debate about disability issues and develop collaborative partnerships for future disability research and further development of disability policy and practice.

Please click here to visit their website.