Support for neurodiversity

Guidance on supporting neurodiverse staff.

What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. It highlights that people think about things differently, have different interests and motivations, and are naturally better at some things and poorer at others.

Most people are neurotypical, meaning that the brain functions and processes information in the way society expects.

However it is estimated that around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% of people in the UK) are neurodivergent, meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently. 

Guidance on adjustments to support neurodiversity

The following documents provide information and guidance to support staff with specific types of neurodiversity:

Dyslexia (736.33 KB / PDF)
Dyspraxia (523.19 KB / PDF)

Neurodiversity encompasses all specific learning differences, many of which co-occur or overlap so individuals may experience the strengths and challenges associated with more than one of the specific types of neurodiversity. The guidance below provides examples of adjustments that may be considered for all neurodivergent staff:


Strengths and Challenges

People with neurodiversity conditions have many strengths that are valued by the University in its staff. The most common can be seen below in the below graphic:

People with neurodiversity conditions have many strengths

Attention to Detail: thoroughness, accuracy; Expertise: in-depth knowledge, high level of skills; Deep Focus: concentration, freedom from distraction; Integrity: honesty, loyalty, commitment; Absorb and Retain Facts: excellent long term memory and recall; Creativity: distinctive imagination, expression of ideas.