DISABILITY GUIDANCE FOR STAFF AND LINE MANAGERS

Guidance to improve support for disabled staff and their line managers has been re-launched by the Equality & Diversity (E&D) team.

Presented as an on-line resource the guidance is split into the three main target groups: disabled candidates applying for jobs at the University, current disabled staff and line managers.

The guidance sets out clearly what support is available to disabled candidates at the recruitment stage and right the way through their employee lifecycle. The guides cover a range of important matters such as the benefits of disclosing a disability, how to go about making reasonable adjustments, how to make an application for funding through Access to Work, tips on inclusive communication and explain relevant University policies.

The E&D team have also revised the Reasonable Adjustments Form, which is an individual tailored living record of reasonable adjustments agreed between a disabled employee and their line manager.

Mona Patel, Equality & Diversity Specialist said, “The guidance will encourage more disabled people to choose the University as an employer. Equipping disabled staff and their line managers with know-how, will demystify processes and instil confidence in them as well. We hope colleagues will find these resources helpful”.

The University wishes to thank the Expert Review Panel comprised of Equality & Diversity Champions and members from the Disabled Staff Forum who collaborated with the E&D team. Their input was invaluable.

A fulfilling place to work

Jean-Noel Ezingeard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Diversity and Equal Opportunities Committee, commends the resource: “We are committed to removing the barriers disabled people face, through our inclusive policies and practices. Our workforce is our single largest source of competitive advantage and all colleagues should feel this is an exciting place to apply for a role, and a fulfilling place to work, regardless of any disabilities and impairment.”

Copies of the guide will be available throughout the year at staff inductions and are also available online here http://www.mmu.ac.uk/humanresources/equalities/disability/

You can also find the Reasonable Adjustments form here: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/humanresources/a-z/forms/

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