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Disability Subgroup

The BSMS Disability Subgroup consists of staff members and disability champions, and all staff are welcome to join. We meet on a termly basis to raise issues about building and digital accessibility across the school, share experiences and ideas and discuss how we can make BSMS more progressive and inclusive to our staff and students living with any sort of disability. The groups objectives include: 

  • To raise awareness of disability equality issues within the school 
  • Identify problem areas and take responsibility for ensuring that solutions are put in place at an operational level
  • Strive to ensure that BSMS has an inclusive and supportive environment for students and staff with disabilities, encouraging them to be their best self and achieve what they want to achieve
  • Encourage others to see past stigmas that are linked to a person’s disability but see their achievements, actions and ideas

If you are interested in joining the Disability Subgroup please email

Disability Confident at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex

As a joint venture between the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, we are guided by the governance frameworks of our parent institutions as well as the national requirements as defined by the General Medical Council and the Quality Assurance Agency

The Universities of Brighton and Sussex have both adopted ‘Disability Confident’, a government scheme to support equality and diversity in staff recruitment practices. 

Read more about the University of Brighton Disability policy here >

Read more about the University of Sussex Disability policy here > 

Collectively we ensure that our principles and values are aligned with the national agenda in medicine, so our students are equipped with the skills they need to become excellent healthcare professionals and thrive in an ever-changing and progressive NHS.

Read more about Disability Confident here >


Accessible documents

Current legislation requires us to make all digital documents accessible, and staff are reminded to use the resources and accessible templates provided below - this includes all teaching materials, PowerPoint presentations, committee and meeting papers, posters, video and social media captions and lecture slides.

BSMS templates and guidance - view it here > (internal only)

University of Brighton guidance - view it here > (internal only)

Microsoft information - view it here >

University of Sussex guidance:
Website accessibility guidance - view it here >
Technology Enhanced Learning - Digital Accessibility - view it here >



BSMS student Harriet Sharp discusses the support and advice available to BSMS students and why it's important to speak out about disabilities. Watch her video below.

For more information about University of Brighton student disability support please click here 

For more information about University of Sussex Support services please click here

For more information about staff disability support please click here