Equal Opportunities - The Courtauld Institute of Art

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Equal Opportunities

Current policy

The Institute promotes equal opportunities in all its activities irrespective of disability, age, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex, or sexual orientation. It provides education on the basis of merit alone and accepts only those applicants most likely to complete the course successfully and derive benefit from it.

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Admissions and Teaching

The Institute welcomes applications from disabled students, who are considered on the same academic criteria as all others. The Institute is situated in an historic Grade 1 listed building which may present access difficulties to some parts of the buildings for students with mobility impairments. Applicants are encouraged to disclose details of their disability on the relevant section of the application form. However, any such information will not be disclosed to any unauthorised party, and will be kept confidential if the applicant so wishes. The applicant will be contacted by a member of the Academic Registry Admissions and Enrolment team to consider and agree an assessment and teaching plan according to individual need.

Physical Environment and Site Accesibility

The Institute is located in the Strand Building of Somerset House, built in 1776-80 and one of the grandest and most famous neo-classical buildings in the centre of London. Facilities for students with mobility impairments in this Grade 1-listed building are generally good, as there is a lift in both wings. This gives access to the lecture theatre, to most of the galleries, to most seminar rooms, to the students’ union and refectory, and to the Book Library and Photographic libraries.

The central location of the Institute means that is well served by London Transport (the nearest railway stations are Charing Cross and Waterloo; the nearest tube stations are Temple, Charing Cross and Holborn). As the Institute is close to Covent Garden it is very well supplied with shops, as well as being near major museums and galleries

A North facing photograph of Somerset House Courtyard.

Current Provision

The Institute is a fairly small institution with approximately four hundred and fifty students, and consequently aims to provide personal attention for applicants and students with special requirements. The Institute would not claim to be able to accommodate all students with disabilities, but it will take all reasonable steps to make adjustments and provide necessary facilities to enable any student with a disability to attend a course for which he/she has been accepted on academic grounds.

Members of staff responsible for students with learning disabilities and/or disabilities: Records and Assessment Supervisor (tel: 020 7848 2636, fax 020 7848 2410), Academic Registrar (tel: 020-7848 2646, fax: 020-7848 2410), Human Resources Manager (tel: 020- 7848 2582, fax 020 7848 2901). The Academic Registrar helps applicants with specific enquiries relating to facilities for students with disabilities.

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