Manchester Metropolitan becomes first university to achieve the top ‘Gold’ status in the Disability Standard

logo.jpgManchester Metropolitan University has achieved Gold status in the Business Disability Forum’s (BDF) Disability Standard, the world’s only management tool that enables organisations to measure their progress towards becoming a disability-smart organisation.

The rigorous assessment involved us reviewing all of the University’s activity against ten criteria. With an overall score of 92%, Manchester Metropolitan has become the first university to achieve ‘Gold’ status in the BDF’s Disability Standard since the assessment was introduced in 2004.  Furthermore, we are one of just five organisations to have achieved the highest rating of Gold!

Jean-Noel Ezingeard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Diversity & Equal Opportunities Committee, said: “The award is result of a tremendous amount of work from the Equality & Diversity team, our Disabled Staff Forum, Equality & Diversity Champions and colleagues across the University that have worked very hard to deliver the environment that’s been recognised by the award. Beyond the badge, this is also a celebration of our positive culture toward Equality and Diversity –something we are all proud of.”

Bringing benefits for all our work, not just on disability

The BDF provided the University with an evaluation report, which benchmarked our current work on disability and identified further actions that will help us to further improve inclusion, recognising the organisational benefits for all our work, not just on disability.  These actions will be incorporated into the University’s new Equality and Diversity Strategy Action Plan so that there is clear accountability for their delivery.

Angela Matthews, Senior Disability Consultant at Business Disability Forum, added: “Our congratulations go to Manchester Metropolitan University on their wonderful score, which was earned through very hard work by all involved. The strength of the University’s inclusive practices is in its keen proactivity in reviewing its performance and seeking the options of employees and students. We hope that their achievement inspires and encourages good practice among other universities and institutions of learning.”

Sector leaders

The University would like to extend our thanks to all those who were involved with the submission.  The fantastic result reflects the commitment and tremendous effort of our colleagues in sustaining Manchester Metropolitan University’s disability confidence and now becoming a sector-leading disability-smart organisation.

Business Disability Forum (BDF) is a not-for-profit member organisation that provides pragmatic support by sharing expertise, giving advice, providing training and facilitating networking opportunities to support organisations become fully accessible to employees with disabilities, candidates and customers.

Working with business and public sector organisations for more than 20 years, BDF has a membership of more than 300 large corporate and public sector employers that together account for close to 20% of the UK workforce. This includes 140 companies which are multinational including some of the UK and world’s best known brands in energy, financial services, telecommunications, retail, transport, professional services, IT, outsourcing, retail, manufacturing and recruitment companies.