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Equal Opportunities - Biosciences

Cardiff University is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities, including those relating to student recruitment, selection and admission. The University aims to establish an inclusive culture which welcomes and ensures equality of opportunity for applicants of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, family structures, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, religious or other beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds. This commitment forms part of the Equality and Diversity Policy.

The Cardiff School of Biosciences demonstrates this commitment by:

  1. Providing a set of selection protocols/ criteria for the recruitment of undergraduate students of the highest quality in accordance with the School of Biosciences’ admissions policy and the Cardiff University admissions framework: "to select students who are suited to benefit from the educational provision of the courses and who can fulfil the objectives of the programmes"
  2. Providing a set of guideline to the admissions team to ensure that the recruitment process is fair, open transparent and adheres strictly to the University’s admissions framework and equal opportunities policy;
  3. Engaging in both departmental and university-wide programmes in widening access;
  4. Minimising inappropriate applications;
  5. Facilitating feedback (especially to unsuccessful applicants)

Disabilities and Specific Needs

Applications from candidates with specific needs or disabilities are welcomed. All such applicants are encouraged to contact the Cardiff School of Bioscience’s Disability and Specific Needs Tutors ( ) at an early stage in the application process so that disability related needs can be discussed and adjustments to the process made wherever these are reasonable. Documents, including the School’s prospectus, can be supplied in large print, on audio-tape or on disk, and can be printed on different coloured paper. The Disability and Specific Needs Tutor, working with the University’s Disability Advisers, is able to give information about course delivery and access to the physical environment relevant to potential applicants with specific needs. Informal visits can be arranged during which applicants are able to view accommodation and meet academic and student support staff.

Applicants to whom offers are made may be invited to an Open Afternoon. All such applicants are invited to notify the School of any disability-related or special needs that they, or an accompanying visitor, may have so that reasonable adjustments may be put in place. In addition, where a student has disclosed a disability on his or her UCAS form and has been made an offer, the University’s Disability and Dyslexia Service will contact the student to identify support needs and any adjustments which might reasonably be made to minimise any disadvantage arising from the student’s disability. All students have an opportunity to visit the University to meet with a disability adviser and specific needs tutor to discuss their requirements.

These measures ensure that the Cardiff School of Biosciences and the University is able to provide an admissions process that is accessible to all students, and, thereafter, an accessible curriculum for applicants with disabilities or specific needs to whom offers are made.

Further information about the University’s provision for disabled students is available from its Disability and Dyslexia Service.

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