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University signs up to Government’s Disability Confident scheme

The University has signed up to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme to help recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent.

The voluntary scheme aims to: 

  • increase understanding of disability and the benefits of employing or retaining disable people
  • increase the number of employers taking action to be Disability Confident
  • make a substantial contribution towards halving the national disability employment gap. 

There are 7.6 million working age people in the UK who have a disability, and many of them are more than able to work. As part of the scheme, jobseekers have been able to search for vacancies with Disability Confident employers on the Government’s Find a Job website since November 2018.

The University has joined the scheme as a ‘Committed Employer’ at level 1 of 3. The Equality and Diversity team will be working with others across the University on an action plan that will allow us to progress to level 2 within the next 12 months, with progress being monitored through the Equality and Diversity Committee.

Sherria Hoskins, UEB Equality and Diversity Champion and Executive Dean for the Faculty of Science and Health, said: “As a University we are committed to being an inclusive workplace and an employer of choice for all, so we are pleased to announce that the University has now signed up to the Disability Confident scheme. Helping disabled people into work is not simply about supporting them into work, it is about providing them with an equal opportunity to develop the career they want. It also ensures that we have access to all the talent that we need.”

Disability Staff Network

Our staff networks have been proactive recently in engaging staff and helping shape University policy. We are keen to gauge staff interest in re-establishing the Disability Staff Network. This will initially be a closed Google Community to allow staff to share and exchange ideas. Please email disabilitystaffnetwork@port.ac.uk to register your interest. 

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