Overview 

The University of Aberdeen’s commitment to inclusive and accessible education, which is part of the University’s 2040 strategy, aims to provide all students with the opportunity to reach their full potential. The University recognises the importance of this in its education practices, learning environments and in addressing harmful stereotypes or limited perspectives.

Reflecting its obligations under the Equality Act 2010, the University will not disadvantage or discriminate directly or indirectly in relation to education. All protected characteristics detailed in the Equality Act 2010 will be covered in the Inclusivity and Accessibility in Education Framework.

Aims of the Inclusivity and Accessibility in Education Framework

The Inclusivity and Accessibility in Education Framework aims to enable inclusion and accessibility to be fully integrated into all aspects of the design and delivery of learning, teaching and assessment at the University. A wide approach is taken to this, including when they form part of the application process and the transition from school or college to the University (e.g., summer schools) and activities to assist in the development and delivery of teaching, learning and assessment are also covered as are co-curricular activities and placements. The Framework aims to ensure the continuation of challenging debate, professional autonomy and academic freedom. Students are also encouraged to have regard for inclusion and accessibility when engaging with other students and with staff.

More information on the University's Commitments and Obligations
  • The University is also required to publish an accessibility statement online (available on the footer of the University website) which outlines what is accessible and what may be less accessible. This will be a working document that will be updated to reflect progress made towards digital accessibility. JISC have published guidance for universities. 

  • The University’s obligations under the UK Quality Code for Higher Education regarding treating students with fairness, dignity, and respect. 

  • The University’s accreditation through Disability Confident and Athena Swan, and its signing of the Advance HE Race Equality Charter and it being a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion.  

  • The University’s active engagement with the higher education sector (e.g. JISC, Advance HE, Universities UK, QAA), with industry (e.g. Blackboard, Panopto, AI Media) and with relevant networks (e.g. Association of Learning Technology, Scottish Heads of Disability Services, AbilityNet) to drive delivery of inclusion and accessibility. 

  • The University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy of 2019.