Birkbeck, University of London Human Resources

Disability Matters

At Birkbeck we are committed to supporting disabled people through our recruitment, development, progression and retention practices We aim to create a supportive work environment that encourages disclosure of disability or other health conditions and have established a code of practice that we expect all staff and other stakeholders to adhere to in relation to accommodating disabled people’s needs through implementing reasonable adjustments in the workplace and flexible working arrangements.  The Code articulates the College’s intention to retain disabled staff and promote disability equality in employment by removing barriers to access, tackling discrimination and implementing best practice employment initiatives.

Birkbeck is also mindful of its responsibility under the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, to promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations.   This means that as a public authority, we aim to provide disabled people with protection from discrimination in a range of areas and that the College is committed to the following key principles:

Positive about Disabled People 'Two Ticks' Scheme

In 2009 Birkbeck was awarded the Positive about Disability Two Ticks symbol by the Jobcentre Plus.  The symbol recognises employers who have committed to developing disability good practice around employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees.  The five Two Ticks commitments are:

Good practice in recruitment benefits all staff, not just those with a disability and subscribing to the Two Ticks Scheme underlines the College’s commitment to ensuring that the potential of all candidates is not overlooked and that inadvertent bias or discrimination does not occur.

In 2014 the College undertook a review of the Positive about Disabled People scheme and developed a Commitments and Actions Paper to be progressed in 2014/2015. The following captures actions the College has already undertaken and those we propose to take under each of the five commitments.

Recruitment

Commitment 1: Interviewing all applicants with a disability who meet the essential criteria on a person specification and considering them on their abilities.

Actions that have been taken

Proposed Actions

Consulting with Disabled Staff

Commitment 2: Ensuring there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what can be done to ensure that they develop and use their abilities.

Actions that have been taken

Proposed Actions

Retaining Staff with a Disability

Commitment 3: Making every effort when an employee becomes disabled to ensure that they stay in employment.

Actions that have been taken

Proposed Actions

Disability Awareness Raising

Commitment 4: Taking action to ensure that all employees develop an appropriate level of disability awareness to make these commitments work.

Actions that have been taken

Proposed Actions

Monitoring and Review

Commitment 5: Reviewing the commitments each year to assess what has been achieved, plan ways to make improvements and to let staff and the Employment Service know about progress and future plans.

Actions that have been taken

Proposed Actions


Printed from: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hr/policies_services/disability/index_html
Date printed: 18/10/2017