The definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010 covers visible and non-visible impairments. The definition covers wheelchair users and a range of conditions such as asthma, depression, diabetes, dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV and schizophrenia to name but a few.


The general definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010 is any physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

'Substantial' means more than minor or trivial. For example, it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed. 'Long-term' means 12 months or more.

We have a number of measures in place to support people with disabilities.

Access audit

Disabled staff and students have helped advise on a comprehensive access audit of our buildings. As part of this the School Shop was refurbished to improve its accessibility and the Multi Faith and Quiet Contemplation Room has been moved to a more accessible location.

Reasonable adjustments

We make reasonable adjustments for disabled students and staff where they would otherwise face a 'substantial disadvantage' in their work, their study or in using a service. Our Disability Advisor gives students guidance on reasonable adjustments, disabled student allowances or confidential support and we always signpost staff to Access to Work. 

Access to Work is a government funded service that supports disabled people in a paid job, or who are about to start or return to one. It can offer support based on the disabled person’s needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace.

An Access to Work grant can pay for special equipment, adaptations or support worker services.

You can check if you’re eligible to apply here as well as apply online.

Disability adviser

St George’s, University of London
Cranmer Terrace
SW17 0RE
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The Disabled Living Foundation

Provides a national information, advice and training service on home-based equipment and practical facilities.


Last Updated: Friday, 05 January 2018 10:53