Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy Student Disability Policy For Members
Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy is firmly committed to offering an equality of education to all students. This policy outlines the ways in which Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy considers the needs of disabled students. It is designed to be read by all members of The Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy and is to be accessible to all interested parties.
The Disability Policy is intended to take account of individual needs and to guide staff and disabled students to find appropriate and practical solutions to problems that may arise.
Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy recognises its responsibility to make anticipatory and reasonable adjustments to all policies, procedures and provision of services, under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and subsequently the Equality Act 2010.
- Definitions of Disability
The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 defines disability as “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”. If a member is unsure whether a particular difficulty would be considered a disability they are welcome to discuss this in confidence with the MIP Quality Assurance Manager.
The Quality and Ethics Committee is charged by Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy to make policy recommendations regarding the needs of disabled members. Students with a disability are therefore encouraged to join this committee.
- Pre – application Information for Students
Students with a mobility difficulty are strongly advised to visit Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy and discuss their requirements in detail with the Quality Assurance Manager before application. There is a building’s programme to improve accessibility at Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy however, there remain some areas at Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy that are not yet accessible to members who have difficulties with stairs.
Offers of places to study at Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy are made on academic merit.
Applicants who declare a disability on the application form will be contacted by the Quality Assurance Manager or Principal Director to seek further information. This is to help us put reasonable adjustments in place.
Admissions tutors are expected to seek advice from the Quality Assurance Manager whenever there is a concern about the impact of a disability on a student’s ability to complete a course.
- Applications from Students With Mobility Difficulties
Some of the physical environment of Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy is not fully accessible to wheelchair users or who have difficulties with stairs. Admissions Tutors must therefore ensure that certain procedures are followed when considering applications from these students. This is to ensure that access and emergency exit routes are established before a student arrives. If reasonable adjustments to buildings and procedures cannot be put in place it is essential that an applicant is informed in a timely manner.
Admissions Tutors who make an offer to a student with restricted mobility must notify the Principal Director and the Quality Assurance Manager, as soon as practically possible.
- Emergency egress
It is the responsibility of the Admissions Tutor for an individual emergency evacuation plan is completed for all students. This is most likely to be students with restricted mobility or sensory impairments.
- If a student becomes disabled
If a student becomes disabled while enrolled at Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy, or becomes concerned that an illness or other condition is having a disabling effect, they are advised strongly to contact the Quality Assurance Manager to discuss their needs.
Disabled students are requested to formally make themselves known to the Quality Assurance Manager. This provides an opportunity to discuss support needs and possible funding and to find out about facilities that may be available.
Students can seek confidential advice and support from the Quality Assurance Manager.
Appropriate adjustments will be made where possible.
- Learning and teaching
The Quality Assurance Manager will liaise with tutors on a student’s behalf if requested. However students are encouraged to discuss their support needs with their course tutor wherever possible.
Advice on producing material in alternative formats or reasonable adjustments can be obtained from the Quality Assurance Manager.
- Staff development and dissemination of “Good Practice”
Disability Awareness sessions for staff are available as part of the staff development programme.
This policy is regularly reviewed every 18 months and updated a minimum of every 36 months as necessary.
Revised July 2015