The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard scheme

September 21st, 2020

The University of Nottingham is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and has made a pledge to ensure all students and staff feel safe and supported at all times. As part of this commitment, we are supporting the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard scheme.

The scheme originally launched in 2016 and has quickly grown into the most widely known hidden disabilities schemes in the UK.

The idea behind the sunflower lanyard is that it is a sign that can easily be recognised from a distance but also discreet enough for people with a hidden disability to feel comfortable to use it. Not everyone with a hidden disability requires assistance but for those that do the sunflower lanyard discretely indicates that a person may need additional support, understanding or simply more time. It may be also worn by those who are exempt from wearing a face covering. Please bear in mind, however, that not everyone who identifies as having a disability will choose to wear a sunflower lanyard and some students may show an electronic ‘Access Pass’ to indicate they need additional support.

For more information on what the Sunflower Lanyard scheme is and what it means for people with a disability please read this blog by one of our students from December 2019. The Disabled Students’ Network also highlighted the sunflower lanyard scheme in their ‘Stronger Together’ video produced by the University and the Students’ Union.

The University is able to provide staff and students with a lanyard if needed. From the 21st September, lanyards will be available from the Trent Building reception and Cherry Tree Lodge. From the 28th September they will be available to pick up from libraries.

For more information, please contact the Disability Support Team at

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