Support for all
We want to ensure that all staff and students have the support they need to allow them to play a full part in the life of the University and to fulfil their potential.
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.
Frequently asked questions
What support is available for disabled staff?
Support for disabled staff is designed to remove barriers and ensure the staff member is not at a disadvantage compared to other staff.
Disability legislation, now consolidated in the Equality Act 1010, gives disabled people the right to claim reasonable adjustments to the workplace or working environment. These could include:
- adjusting an individual’s working hours
- allowing time off for regular treatment relating to the long term disability
- providing new or modifying existing equipment
Disabled staff who meet the criteria can get support through Access to Work, funded by the Department of Work and Pensions. UWE Bristol is committed to providing reasonable adjustments where they are required.
How can disabled staff get support?
New staff will complete a Health at Work Declaration Form before starting. If they disclose a disability or health condition which might affect their work, or require adjustments, the form is sent to the Occupational Health Service.
Occupational Health may contact the individual directly to discuss ways of supporting their needs and will contact Human Resources (HR). An HR Adviser may get involved in identifying appropriate support measures and will help the staff member claim for funding through the Access to Work scheme.
Further information is available to staff via the HR intranet (staff login required):
Is there any support for staff with caring responsibilities?
The University has a Carers’ Leave Policy (staff login required). This covers paid leave for carers to be with their dependents in unforeseen situations. Carers are expected to make their own arrangements where they know in advance that care will be needed. A dependent is a partner, child, parent or other relative who lives with you or for whom you are the main carer.
There is also a Flexible Working Policy and Procedure (staff login required). Carers may be able to apply for a change to their working hours to enable them to care for a child or other dependent.
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Did you know?
24% of UWE Bristol’s workforce is aged 55 or over and 43% work
(Source: 2012 Staff Compendium)
See UWE Bristol's equality and diversity data.