Disability and Careers
Information for disabled and neurodivergent students including understanding your employment rights, how to discuss your condition with employers and how to request adjustments
According to the Oxford University Disability Advisory Service, more than 25% of the student population declared a disability on their University student record or directly with the Service in 2021-2022. As Oxford University's primary point of support on all things careers and employability, we aim to provide tailored guidance to all students and researchers who identify as having a disability, neurodivergence or long-term health condition.
Making the most of the careers support available at Oxford while balancing academic work can be tricky. Doing so while also managing a disability/health condition and navigating extra considerations such as if and how to discuss your circumstances with employers can be particularly demanding. Below are some of the ways in which we can support you.
How we can help
There is no "one size fits all" approach to disability so we offer a range of options, including:
- Dedicated 1:1 appointments to discuss your individual circumstances. See our 'Advice Appointments' page for more details about these appointments, including what we might cover and how you can book them. Due to availability and demand, please note that students may only book one dedicated disability appointment every 28 days. All students, however, can book a maximum of one 20 minute student appointment each week.
- Bespoke events covering topics such as if and how to talk about disability and neurodivergence with employers, how to ask for adjustments, tips to help you transition to the workplace with confidence, among many others. You can find the list of upcoming events in our term planner and recordings from past events below.
- Written guidance on the intersection of disability and careers, including answers to frequently asked questions and useful resources. Please see below.
Your questions answered
Below you can find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from students, researchers and alumni.
Please note that the guidance on this page relates to disability in the UK. If you are applying for internships or jobs in other countries, we advise you to research national, local, and organisational attitudes to disability before making your decision.