We provide a full range of support for disabled staff at the university. A number of policies and initiatives specifically for disabled staff aim to reduce barriers, monitor the staff experience and help us to achieve equity.
The University of Nottingham is a registered Disability Confident Committed (Level 1) employer. Our commitments include offering an interview to applicants with a disability who meet the minimum essential requirements of the role, anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as and when required, and providing support to any existing employee who becomes disabled or acquires a long-term health condition.
To support staff and managers in discussing, agreeing and recording reasonable adjustments, the university offers a reasonable adjustment passport. This is a live record of adjustments agreed between the staff member and their line manager. The purpose of the passport is to ensure there is a clear record of the agreed adjustments, to reduce the need to re-assess adjustments as a result of changes to a staff member’s job or line manager, and to act as a template for conversations about current and future adjustments
Disabled staff can seek support through a number of channels. For peer support, staff can contact the Disabled Staff Network. For support in your role, contact your line manager in the first instance. We also offer a toolkit for supporting disabled staff which provides an introduction to disability, mandatory training on staff equality and case studies, guidance and support to make reasonable adjustments.
There may be times when you need to be absent from work for rehabilitation, assessment or treatment relating to disability, or times when an impairment results in some sickness absence, and we aim to support you in this. You can view guidance on provisions for disability leave and disability-related sickness absence in the Sickness Absence Management Policy and Procedure.
Blue Badge holders can park in any of the marked disabled car parking bays on campus. If you come onto campus regularly then you can also register your car with the University by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Blue Badge scheme has recently been extended to include people with hidden disabilities – find out if you are eligible here.