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Access for all

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We are committed to ensuring that all staff and students have full access to all aspects of university life and are able to fulfil their potential. We are working to ensure that we attract a more diverse staff and student body which is representative of society.

How do we do this?

The objectives and actions set out within the Single Equality Scheme action plan will help us realise our aims and ensure that equality and diversity is embedded in everything that we do.

Our membership of the Athena SWAN Charter underlines our commitment to address gender inequality within the HE sector.

UWE Bristol is planning to submit an application to the first round of the race equality charter mark. The charter mark aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

Frequently asked questions

What is the 'Access to work' scheme?

The Access to Work scheme administered by the Employment Service is available to overcome the practical obstacles faced by disabled people in work. It offers advice, help and grants to cover approved extra costs.

Staff with a disability or health problem which is likely to last for 12 months or more and which affects the kind of work they can do can get help through the Access to Work scheme in the following ways:

  • a communicator for deaf people, or those who have a hearing impairment, and need a communicator with them at an interview
  • a reader at work, for someone who is blind or has visual impairment
  • special equipment (or alterations to existing equipment) to suit particular work needs arising from disability
  • alterations to premises or working environment, if needed because of disability
  • a support worker, if practical help is needed because of disability, either at work or getting to work
  • help towards the cost of getting to work if disability prevents the individual from using public transport
  • all approved costs for Communicator Support at interview, for Travel to Work, or for a reader or a support worker, will be met in full by Access to Work regardless of employment status at the time of application.

Staff will need to apply for the Access to Work help, but Human Resources and Occupational Health at UWE Bristol will provide help.

Can I use the accessible car park?

If you have a local authority mobility blue badge you don’t need a parking token or permit and you can get swipe access to the restricted car parks through Human Resources and the Transport Office.

If you don’t have a blue badge but still think you need accessible parking, you may be able to get an ‘A’ card allowing you to use the restricted car parks. Human Resources can arrange this for staff members with the Transport Office.

Where can I go to pray on each of the campuses?

See the faith and spirituality pages for information on where you can go to pray.

Did you know?

27% of UWE Bristol students are mature students, 52% are female, 10% are disabled, 14% are from BME backgrounds. (Source: 2011/12 Student Compendium)

See UWE Bristol's equality and diversity data

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