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Further and higher education

The main part of this page is a very brief overview of the Equality Act 2010 rules on further and higher education, which apply to universities and various other bodies.

Introduction

This page, indeed this website, focusses on the law. However, to put things in perspective, it should usually be possible to resolve issues to do with stammering at university or college without any recourse to legal rules.

If one wants support on stammering, or just to talk things over, there should be people one can talk to, such as the university's Disability Office, or one's personal tutor. See Resolving issues at university or FE college which also discusses other support available and ways to take a problem further if necessary.

See also these British Stammering Association articles on university (link to BSA website).

Universities and FE colleges are subject to the Equality Act

By and large, the Equality Act applies to higher and further education institutions in the normal way. Accordingly the rules cover unfavourable treatment related to a disability, and harassment.

There is a duty on the university or college to make reasonable adjustments. Working with students who stammer (pdf on archive of De Montfort University website) gives some examples of adjustments for students who stammer.

How the Equality Act applies to university and college services generally is discussed on my page University and FE college - more detail. However there is a separate page about...

Exams

Examinations and assessments are again subject to the Equality Act. The rules are modified a bit to allow universities to apply the same competence standards to everyone. Even so, competence standards have to be justified if they disadvantage disabled people. Also the way standards are assessed is subject to the reasonable adjustment duty.

See Oral assessments, and assessed presentations for examples and an outline of the rules.

There are somewhat different rules which can apply to Professional exams - but here again all aspects of the exams (including competence standards) are subject to the Equality Act.

Work experience

Both universities/colleges and work placement providers fall within the Equality Act as regards work placements. However, in some cases the education (rather than the employment) provisions of the Equality Act will apply, so that claims go to the County Court and not the employment tribunal. See further Work placements.

Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)

Various education bodies including universities are subject to both the 'general' and 'specific' duties under the PSED. The 'general' duty obliges the university etc to 'have due regard to' various things such as promoting equality of opportunity. More on the Public Sector Equality Duty...

Disabled students' allowances

These are grants which may enable a student to buy an electronic fluency device such as VoiceAmp or SpeachEasy. More on Disabled students' allowances...

Other education providers

This section summarises the Equality Act 2010 rules on further and higher education. The rules apply to publicly funded universities. They also cover further and higher education generally, as well as some other bodies. They do not cover:

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