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Equality and diversity work within the School - Disability

Supporting Students with Asperger’s Syndrome

The University of Manchester wants to attract all people to study and work here.  That is likely to include some people who are living with a disability or long-term health condition.  People may also acquire a disability or long-term health conditions during their employment/study here. Some people may not need any extra support, but for others making ‘reasonable adjustments’ will enable them to flourish.

The School of Physics and Astronomy recognises that one of its key strengths is the diversity of its staff and students. Through our Equality and Diversity work, we aim to go above and beyond legislative and university requirements and celebrate this rich diversity.

The University's commitment to fostering an inclusive culture means that we recognise that people are different and work in different ways. Creativity and flexibility are the key to supporting disabled members of staff: you may want to try some of the suggestions on these pages, whether or not you have a disability.

Please contact the Disability Support Office if you have a disability or long-term health condition.

The Equality Act 2010 considers people as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘significant and long-term impact on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’ ‘Long-term’ means that the condition has lasted, or is likely to last for more than 12 months.

Examples of conditions that would be included:

  • hearing impairment;
  • sight difficulties (but not low vision that can be corrected by glasses);
  • Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia;
  • mental health conditions such as depression;
  • musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, back problems, RSI;
  • mobility impairment;
  • medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome;
  • cancer, HIV and Multiple Sclerosis are included from the time of definition (they do not have to have lasted for 12 months).


Why tell the University that you are disabled?

  • so that we can make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ that you may need in your work or study;
  • so that staff understand any difficulties you may have, and can support you;
  • so that we can monitor whether university processes, such as staff recruitment, are carried out fairly.

 We have policies in place for supporting applicants with a disability, students with a disability, and staff with a disability


A lecturer at the School has a special interest in the support of students with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), which is part of the Autistic spectrum. He has a HEA resource pack to help staff in Higher Education support students with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Students with AS face particular challenges, especially when facing the prospect of going into a completely new environment, such as starting at University. With this in mind, we have piloted a number of induction videos specifically designed to help students make the transition to University.

In contrast to many modern videos, these are deliberately designed to be as clear, logical and distraction-free as possible.

'Less is More' Induction Videos

  1. Welcome from Norman Darwen
  2. Introduction to Manchester
  3. Introduction to the Disability Support Office - DSO 1
  4. Introduction to the Disability Support Office - DSO 2
  5. Introduction to the Schuster Building (Physics & Astronomy)





Schuster Building

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