Accessibility to be core component of new equality and diversity strategy
By: Alison Field
Last updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2017
All staff and students with a disability are invited to an early winter get-together in the Meeting House on 6 December.
The purpose of this event is to discuss the establishment of a disability network and other initiatives that are being developed to help improve accessibility on campus. Light refreshments will be provided.
Claire Annesley, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equalities and Diversity), said: “Accessibility will be a core component of the University’s new equality and diversity strategy, which is being drafted now. To kick-start progress, we are flagging 2018 as Year for Accessibility at Sussex.”
Jayne Townsend, chair of the Campus Accessibility Forum, said: “Over the last year we have made many improvements, but there is still work to be done to make Sussex a truly accessible campus. We welcome suggestions as to how we can overcome some of the remaining physical barriers.”
Joanna Wood, Equality and Diversity Coordinator in Global Studies, recently conducted a participatory disability assessment on the campus along with Professor Andrea Cornwall and Dr Karis Petty.
She said: “Staff and students were generous in giving their time and sharing personal experiences to clearly map and analyse the barriers to access at Sussex.
“The initiatives planned over the next year are the first step in meeting the issues raised and we are looking forward to being part of the change on campus.”
The winter get-together at 12 noon on 6 December will be followed by this term’s Equality and Diversity Forum in the Meeting House from 12.30-2pm, to which everyone is invited.