Institutional practice

19 Jul 2016

​Institutions support participation of LGBT and disabled students in a number of ways. In addition to strict due diligence procedures, they will often offer financial support and work with other expert teams in the institution to increase participation and make sure that students are supported while abroad. Some of these practices are listed below. 

  • Disclosure of disability and reaching students
    • A disability check box on application form
    • A student record check by study abroad office
    • A pre-mobility risk assessment completed by students, which includes mobility and cultural factors. 
  • ​Due dilligence processes
    • ​A due diligence section in the partnership proposal form addressing disability and LGBT issues
    • The study abroad office obtains the partner institution's Equality and Diversity policy (where one exists)
    • Prior consultation with the host institution to check that they are able to support the student properly
    • Site visits and risk assessmens conducted both before, or during, mobility
  • Working across teams
    • Study abroad office seeks advice from other expert teams with the institution to assess if the student will need additional support overseas, and to advise on the destination. For example, they involve the student support services, disability support team, equality and diversity office and health and safety team.
  • Pre-departure advice
    • Passage in student mobility handbook on equality and diversity issues
    • One-to-one communication with mobility team staff and advice on coping for going abroad
    • Clear advice to the student on what type of support they will be likely to get at particular partner institutions
    • General and country specific pre-departure sessions
  • ​Financial support
    • Some institutions cover all, or partial, costs for disabled students who require additional support and carers
    • Signposting to disability scholarships and grants that are available. if not through the institution, then through other programmes and organisations

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