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Increasing inclusion from university to the workplace: reasonable adjustments & neurodiversity

Event organised by ICE

01 February 2023

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Employers a have a legal responsibility to make Reasonable Adjustments to the workplace to enable their employees to carry out their roles to a satisfactory standard. A Reasonable Adjustment is a change to the working environment or way of working. What is 'reasonable' will depend on the employee, the employer's resources and how practicable the changes are. Leading to the questions; what is reasonable? And what does this mean in practice? This session will cover the legal and practical aspects of making reasonable adjustments to support disabled colleagues in the workplace as well as discussing what reasonable adjustments students might be entitled to whilst studying. 

It is estimated that 1 in 7 people are neurodiverse, meaning that 1 in 7 people’s brains in the workplace and at University, function in a different way to what society expects. This can take many forms, including OCD, ADHD, Autism, and Dyslexia. Luke, a graduate engineer working for Atkins, will share his experience as part of this session. He is an individual who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD_ at 2 years old. He has studied at mainstream school from primary school through to sixth form, and attended Swansea University. Luke will talk about the challenges, opportunities and support he received throughout his educational life and early career with Atkins”.


Martine Lewis

Martine Lewis

University of Bristol

senior disability advisor

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Martine Lewis

Martine is a Senior Disability Adviser at the University of Bristol, supporting Disabled students through their student lifecycle. She has worked In the field of Disability and Mental Health Advice since graduating from University in 2011. Martine studied Psychology and is passionate in supporting others to overcome barriers, for them to reach their potential.

Luke Cook

Luke Cook

Europe Atkins

graduate engineer

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Luke Cook

Luke works within the Bridges and Civils team, delivering work for Welsh Government and other clients across the UK. He am currently transitioning from vice-chair to chair of the ICE West Wales and Swansea City Graduates, Students, Technicians and Apprentices group for the 2021-22 academic year.

His background is in civil engineering, where he graduated from Swansea university With a MEng Civil Engineering degree in June 2020. Outside of work, some of his passions include engineering and technology, sports, video games and STEM engagement with local schools / colleges / universities. One of his highlights of 2021 so far is becoming the ICE Wales Cymru STEM Ambassador of the Year for 2021.

For more information please contact:

Jessica McQuade