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Disability Discrimination

Universities and colleges are subject to the discrimination legislation. The Equality Act 2010 has provisions relating to the Further and Higher Education sector.

Disability discrimination claims are common at universities and colleges. This is because the relevant institution has the obligation to put in place reasonable adjustments if a student has a disability that falls within the definition of the Equality Act 2010. Many students suffer from disabilities and if the institution is aware of this and the student should make them aware, then they are obliged to put in place systems that will address the disability of the student.

So, for example, a student with dyslexia might receive lecture notes in advance of the lecture from the lecturer or given extra time in examinations. Some courses will indicate that spelling errors will result in a loss of marks. If a student has dyslexia they should not really be penalised for their disability. Therefore, the institution would indicate that no penalty for spelling errors should be imposed on a student that suffers from dyslexia.

Whatever your disability, you should not be treated less favourably than someone who does not have your disability.

Claims for Disability Discrimination are brought in the County Court and must be brought within 6 months of the last act of discrimination.

Some students also suffer from other forms of discrimination such as race or age discrimination.  Discrimination is unlawful and anyone has the right, entrenched in law, to challenge it.

Our specialist team has access to some of the best Educational Psychologists and Psychiatrists in the country. We also have access to some of the best Barristers - both Leading and Junior - in this area of the law. If you believe you have been discriminated against then contact us for an initial assessment of your case.

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