Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Disability equality

Disability Confident

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace. The scheme aims to help employers successfully recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.

Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. By becoming an exemplar and advisor to other employers, we will help our staff by improving the choices and access they have in the workplace.

The scheme has three levels of maturity – committed, employer and leader – and our aim is to become a Disability Confident Leader by 2025. We need to examine ourselves as an employer and demonstrate what we are asking of others so we can challenge barriers to opportunity.

In addition to Disability Confident, the University is a registered member of the Business Disability Forum (BDF), a not-for-profit organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people. When the University joined the BDF in early 2019 it joined 300 other members from across the UK who are part of the forum. Through its partnership with it members, the BDF aims to help organisations become fully accessible to disabled customers and employees.

Staff Disability Network

Members of staff who have a disability can join the Staff Disability Network, who meet termly and seek to raise awareness across campus. 

Digital accessibility

Digital accessibility is about ensuring the online learning environment and resources are usable for all students and staff, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences. Teaching Enhanced Learning provide guidance and a toolkit to support staff in creating digitally accessible content.