Equality, Disability and the Law

lift buttons with brailleThe Equality Act 2010 has brought under one umbrella the various anti-discrimination laws including those relating to disability, age, sexual orientation, equal pay, race and religion. The law is framed in general terms and is not intended to prevent or place barriers in the way of innovative use of technology. Reasonable adjustments need to be made wherever possible to ensure disabled persons do not suffer substantial disadvantage. The Public Sector Equality Duty reinforces the requirement that institutions need to be anticipatory and proactive in encouraging disabled persons to participate in the education provision and the various activities of each institution and there are specific duties to support the equality duty.  The disability discrimination provisions contained in the Act apply to the services, including educational services, an institution provides to its staff, students, and third parties.

BYOD Legal Toolkit (1 May 2013)
Jisc Legal has published a BYOD toolkit in response to the rise in learners and employees using their personal computing devices (typically smart phones and tablets) in the work and learning environment.
Equality, Disability and the Law Overview (25 January 2013)
This overview paper provides an in- depth look at the disability discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and its application to the use of ICT in the provision of education services in UK colleges and universities.
Mobile Technologies and the Law Overview (19 November 2012)
This paper considers the legal issues likely to arise from the use of mobile devices by colleges and universities. It is relevant for staff with responsibility for planning and managing the introduction and use of mobile technologies in their institution and for lecturers, researchers and support staff using or supporting the use of mobile technologies.
Equality, Disability and the Law Essentials (25 October 2012)

This Essentials Guide provides readers with a direct, point-by-point guide to the Equality Act 2010's disability discrimination provisions and their application to further and higher education.

ARCHIVED: Disability Legislation and ICT in Further and Higher Education - Essentials (9 October 2007)
ARCHIVED
Disability discrimination law applies to the services including educational services an institution provides to its staff, students, and third parties.
ARCHIVED: Disability Legislation and ICT in Further and Higher Education - Overview (15 August 2007)
ARCHIVED
This overview paper focuses on disability discrimination in respect of ICT and the provision of educational services in UK publicly-funded further and higher education.
Legal Checklist for Universities Comparing MOOC Platform Providers (13 August 2014)
This template is designed to assist those in universities (and other education providers) deciding between MOOC platform providers to compare the legal aspects of the choice
MOOCs – Your Legal Questions Answered (31 March 2014)

This guidance is for staff in universities and further education colleges involved in developing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and considers the legal issues focussing particularly on the intellectual property rights and data protection issues.

BYOD Video (12 March 2014)
This video highlights Jisc Legal's resources for colleges and universities on the legal issues that arise when considering a bring your own device policy.
Social Media and the Law Top Tips (18 February 2014)

Jisc Legal's Top Tips for managing the legal aspects of social media use effectively.

Social Media for Staff Legal Checklist (18 February 2014)
A short reference guide for universities, colleges and learning providers to ensure risks are recognised and managed appropriately, while clarifying for staff what the boundaries are.
Facing up to Facebook: A Guide for FE and HE (02 October 2013)

In this guide, you’ll find summaries of the key legal considerations of using Facebook in an FE and HE context.

Law and ICT in Your College (16 May 2013)

This guidance is intended for staff in further education and independent specialist colleges that provide education or training for both adult and younger learners with varying learning needs.

Bring Your Own Device Policy Template for Further Education (1 May 2013)
This “Bring Your Own Device” policy template is intended to help colleges write an effective policy that states what their approach is to the use of personally owned devices by staff and learners.
Risk, Liability and Mobile Devices (1 May 2013)
This paper provides a quick reference for managers as to the main legal risks which need to be assessed against your institution’s risk strategy before opening your institution’s ICT system to mobile access by staff and students using their own devices.
BYOD Legal Toolkit (1 May 2013)
Jisc Legal has published a BYOD toolkit in response to the rise in learners and employees using their personal computing devices (typically smart phones and tablets) in the work and learning environment.
Your Students, Mobile Devices, Law and Liability (1 May 2013)
This paper focuses on the legal issues surrounding student mobile use.
Law, Technology and Assessment (14 February 2013)
This paper considers the legal issues which may arise in relation to the use of e-assessment in UK further and higher education.
Equality, Disability and the Law Overview (25 January 2013)
This overview paper provides an in- depth look at the disability discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and its application to the use of ICT in the provision of education services in UK colleges and universities.
Mobile Technologies and the Law Overview (19 November 2012)
This paper considers the legal issues likely to arise from the use of mobile devices by colleges and universities. It is relevant for staff with responsibility for planning and managing the introduction and use of mobile technologies in their institution and for lecturers, researchers and support staff using or supporting the use of mobile technologies.
e-Safety Policy Checklist (30 October 2012)
A checklist of questions for institutions to consider when updating or framing an e-safety policy.
Equality, Disability and the Law Essentials (25 October 2012)

This Essentials Guide provides readers with a direct, point-by-point guide to the Equality Act 2010's disability discrimination provisions and their application to further and higher education.

Law and ICT for Vulnerable Learners in FE (30 July 2012)
This guidance is intended for staff in UK FE colleges whose provision includes further education or training for vulnerable learners with varying needs including disability issues.
Employer Engagement - BCE (4 July 2012)

This briefing paper looks at the legal issues that further and higher education institutions may face in employer engagement as part of their Business and Community Engagement ("BCE") activities.

Delivering Lifelong Learning - BCE (4 July 2012)
This briefing tackles the legal issues that further and higher education institutions may face when delivering lifelong learning as part of their Business and Community Engagement ("BCE") activities.
Wider Community Engagement - BCE (4 July 2012)

This briefing gives an overview of some of the legal issues which institutions can face when carrying out cultural and public engagement activities as part of their Business and Community Engagement ("BCE") activities.

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Making reasonable adjustments (UK)

A list of ways in which the needs of disabled students could be sensibly anticipated.

Guide to Social Networking in the Workplace

ACAS guide offers practical tips on the impact of social networking on discipline and grievances, bullying, defamation, data protection and privacy.

JISC Techdis on Equality Duty (01/10/2010)

JISC Techdis has just released a guidance document on complying with equality duty in which JISC Legal has contributed guidance on the Equality Act 2010.

Copyright in TeachingA resource from the Higher Education Academy English Subject Centre aimed at those developing courses which suggests that it is necessary to consider copyright clearance from the start.
Equality Act 2010 - A Summary Guide for Public Sector Organisations

Guidance for public sector organisationsaims to make current equality law more consistent, clearer and easier to follow in order to make society fairer.

Equality Act 2010

Guidance for organisations and employers on the implications of the Equality Act 2010 available at: http://www.equalities.gov.uk/equality_act_2010/equality_act_2010_what_do_i_n.aspx

JISC Techdis

JISC Techdis, a JISC Advance service, works with the HE and FE sector in the UK in the field of accessibility and inclusion.

Code of Practice for Assurance of Academic Quality and Standards in HE - 03/2010

Revised code of practice relating to disabled students in UK higher education institutions.

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) (USA)

The CAST mission is to expand educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities through the development and innovative uses of technology.

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) (UK)

An online staff training package on libraries and disability produced by the MLA

Archives for Disability Research (UK)

An archive of discussion and research on disability

Action on Access (UK)Action on Access co-ordinates projects promoting inclusion and diversity in higher education.
Disability and the Law - Useful Links

Disability and the Law - Useful Links

Directgov - Disabled People (UK)

A section of the general government site focusing on the issue of disability.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (International)

These draft guidelines produced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities

The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)

The ECU supports the HE sector in addressing equality and diversity issues

Accessibility of Online Content (UK)

This article looks at the need for developers of institutional and educational web sites to have a strategy for ensuring optimal accessibility of online content.

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Equality, Disability and the Law Newslinks

Keeping Young Learners Safe in Education - Guidance

All school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which people can learn.

Master Social Media - New Checklist and Top Tips

As part of our ongoing commitment to the use of social media within the sector we can confirm that our Social Media for Staff Legal Guidance and Social Media Guidance documents are now published and available from our website.  

Significant Copyright Changes for Teaching and Learning

Dates have been announced for the introduction of important changes to copyright law.

New Guidance for HE in Handling External Speakers

This guidance from Universities UK provides a framework for institutions to review and improve their own procedures when inviting external speakers to their university.

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