Category Archives: Equality

Web and app accessibility – make the most of the EU Accessibility directive

On 23rd of September 2018 a new EU Directive  came into force in the UK. The new regulations mean that public sector websites and mobile apps will need to be accessible to all users, especially those with disabilities. The regulations will remain part of UK law regardless of our future relationship with the EU. So new … Read more

British Sign Language National Plan

In this blog Margaret McKay explores the role of the British Sign Language National Plan 2017 – 2023 and the part that it can play in further legitimising British Sign Language (BSL) as an indigenous language in Scotland and on a wider basis across the UK. Through a language lens, not a disability lens The … Read more

The power of technology to support more diverse learners

Widening participation is a strategic priority across the UK.  Whilst institutions focus on attracting learners from under-represented and hard to reach communities, staff are striving to develop engaging and innovative ways to deliver dynamic and inclusive learning experiences to support learners. Digital exclusion and inequality Is technology capable of helping progress the widening participation agenda? Not only … Read more

Humans, ladders, barriers and fish – the disability paradigm shift

A hectic new term. You come up to breathe. Alistair McNaught explores  a new support service from Jisc and how it might help you better meet the needs of your disabled students. The new term begins. You have a new cohort of disabled students to work with. In many organisations, the support staff will be … Read more

Student Minds- How can tech contribute to better mental health?

Risk, regulation, success and policy – the Universities UK’s case for making mental health a priority.  Technology has a clear role to play in supporting student mental health. Julia Taylor considers the issues. How big is the problem? With 1 in 8 graduates saying they have a Mental Health condition, costs and demand for support with … Read more

Inclusive design at the heart of the matter

Learning spaces come in all shapes and sizes, just like the people who use them!  In the same way that accessible physical spaces are key principles of inclusive design; careful and insightful planning of the digital environment present the same opportunities to anticipate need, to widen access and to address the diversity of prospective users. … Read more

Lecture capture: mainstreaming reasonable adjustments

Lecture capture is a subject that often generates healthy discussion (and often debate) across academic communities and over the last few years we’ve seen the emergence of a range of differing approaches. Some institutions have embedded lecture capture into policy in order to adopt a more universal way of embedding anticipatory arrangements as part of … Read more

Global Accessibility Awareness Day – Why it matters to everyone

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) GAAD on May 18 is a day designed to remind those who shape our digital world that they have a critical role in making our future world accessible to everyone. Most designers work to accessibility standards and guidelines that consider the diversity of ways that people access webpages, software and mobile … Read more

Can student data add meaning to inclusive learning?

Our Jisc Learning analytics –Data and disadvantaged student’s webinar in February was well attended. If you missed it, don’t worry, you can still view the recording and download the slides. As anticipated, the audience was diverse. Staff from disability support services, teachers and data managers were attracted by the deliberately broad-ranging title. Our aim was … Read more

Accessibility for administrative staff

It’s easy to get preoccupied with accessible teaching and learning but much of the information a student requires comes from faculty administrative staff. Ben Watson, the University of Kent’s Accessible Information Advisor takes up the story… At the University of Kent, we have been working closely with Jisc to implement mainstream adjustments and technologies to improve … Read more