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Disability

“Disability in relation to a person, means a substantial restriction in the capability of the person to carry on a profession, business or occupation in the State or to participate in social or cultural life in the State by reason of an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment”

The University of Limerick has an Equality and Diversity Policy and plans to implement a Disability Policy by 2020.

The university has a clearly stated policy on all recruitment advertisements welcoming applications from all sections of the community

“The University of Limerick holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advancing equality in higher education.  The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to selection on merit welcoming applicants from all sections of the community.  The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working”

The University Executive Committee recently approved An Equality & Human Rights Strategy 2019 -2022 for the institution.  The strategy was developed by the Equality & Human Rights Committee, which has a representative with a disability as a member. The strategy document sets out recommendations in relation to supports for staff and students with disabilities and ensures that accessibility is considered in all aspects of the university’s operations.

“Campus development will be inclusive and accessible, allowing all staff, students and visitors to feel safe and welcome.  Through our built environment we will ensure physical accessibility and dignity at work and study for everyone”

The University strives to provide reasonable accommodations to staff members with disabilities and there are many examples of where these have been supported.

A section on managing staff with disabilities is built in to our Managing Attendance Programme

The University runs an annual “Be Well @ UL” campaign which includes supports for staff with disabilities, mental illness etc. 

An all staff survey was conducted in 2019.  3.4% of respondents declared they had a disability. UL exceeds the 3% threshold of employment of people with disabilities. 

Did you know:

  • UL celebrated the first IDPD in 1981 by offering a student with a disability a place on the Physical Education programme. That student was Ronan Tynan, prominent member of the Irish Tenors. That inspired offer was a major step in the creation of an access route for students with disabilities.
  • This year almost 1,000 students registered with Disability Support Services. 
  • There is a student with a disability on every course in UL.
  • UL has exceeded its Strategic Plan target for entry to college by students with a disability. It has also exceeded national targets.
  • 500 students with disability graduated from UL courses in the last five years.
  • UL has the most advanced assistive technology facilities in Ireland.

Disability Support Services

  • has a team of six people working with students.
  • run pre-entry and post-entry college skills courses for students with a disability.
  • shares its expertise with Charity Organisations, schools and other colleges in the region.