Accessibility statement

Disability, Chronic Illness, and Neurodivergence



The Department of Chemistry is dedicated to supporting disabled staff and students and creating an inclusive community that promotes positive attitudes towards disabled people.

The Department has a dedicated Disability Contact: Dr Lizzie Wheeldon ( 

Staff and students are welcome to get in touch with Lizzie to ask questions, give feedback, and discuss options for study or workplace adjustments.

Students can find information on academic support and adjustments options on the University Disability Services page:

Disability Services for Students

Staff can find further information on support for employees from Human Resources.

Information for Disabled Staff

Occupational Health Support


INCLUDE (Inclusive Network Connecting and Linking University Disabled Employees) Disabled Staff Network: Launched by the Vice-Chancellor on 2 February 2015 as part of the University's continued commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all. Membership is open to all staff and the group aims to promote the value of disabled staff and improve their working environment by raising awareness, sharing good practice and providing a forum for ideas and issues.

Further information on Disability support:


Mental Health

Mental Health

Please note we have new webpages on Mental Health currently under development.

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. They can both change throughout our lives and in response to external factors. The Department of Chemistry is supportive not only of helping staff and students when they feel unwell, but also of helping everyone to develop positive wellbeing and emotional health. 




A Mental Health Resources Toolkit (intranet) is available for supervisors to help guide students to different sources of support.

Mental health contacts

The Department of Chemistry has a number of contacts who have been mental health first aid trained and can be approached by staff and students if they need support with mental health issues. The current list of contacts is available on our quick link list
In addition the University has launched 'Mental Health First Contact' (MHFC) for staff, which is an in-house network of trained members of staff who are a first point of contact if you are experiencing emotional or psychological distress. You can contact any of the members direct and don't have to be based in the same department.
Mental health links:


Cartoon of people represented by spectrum of colours to reflect different ways of thinking and looking at the world


Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways.



University resources

Practical Guide to Learning Technology

Here you can find information on using technology to enhance your learning experience.

The Distractibles

Informal support group of students and staff who share tips on juggling demands of studying and working at the University for those plagued by distractions. You can find and share resources on their collaboratively collated Tips, Tricks, and Strategies document.

University-supported Software

IT services has guides for Chrome extensions and software available on managed PCs, including EquatIO and Read&Write . These resources are also available for download to student and staff personal computers.

Staff can also find training courses on the Learning Management System, including Autism Awareness and Disability Awareness (UoY sign-in required).

Other resources

Neurodiverse Postgrad Researchers Network

This national volunteer-run peer support network for PhD students, early career researchers, and postdocs has an active Twitter presence