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Human Resources Schools team

The Schools HR team exists to support members of staff and line managers in the various University institutions by providing advice and guidance and promoting best practice in all areas of HR, including disability matters. The HR team will advise on University policy and procedure in the context of an in-depth understanding of the particular institution, and explain the various support services available within the University, facilitating introduction or referral where appropriate.

Occupational Health and Safety Service

The Occupational Health and Safety Service provide advice and support to disabled persons through a risk assessment based approach. Specialised training can be provided to student ‘carers’ for subjects with specific health and safety implications.

Occupational health assessments can be arranged that support individuals at work where a disability or impairment may affect their ability to perform their job tasks. Occupational health practitioners give advice and recommendations to the individual and management regarding necessary modifications and adjustments to the work environment and/or job design.

Counselling Service

The Staff Counselling Service is available free of charge to all staff who hold a University contract of employment. The service offers individual and couple counselling for any personal difficulties, either at work or in the private life of an individual, by a team of experienced, professionally accredited counsellors. There is an accessible room available if this is required.

Disability Resource Centre (DRC)

Although a student-focused service, the DRC provides some services for University Disabled Staff such as:

Access Guides and Maps

The DRC website hosts an Access Guide which contains practical access information about areas in which students, staff and visitors to the University are likely to find themselves. Most Colleges, Faculties, Departments, Research Centres, Sites, Shared Buildings, Central Libraries, Administration and Support Centres and the University's Sport and Social facilities are covered. The DRC relies on the institutions covered to ensure that information is kept accurate and up-to-date.

In addition to the Access Guide there are also Access Maps of three of the main University sites showing access facilities for disabled staff, students and visitors.

University Information Services Technology Support

UIS provide a wide range of assistive technology advice, training and support enabling University staff and students with specific requirements to make effective use of information technology. 

Equality and Diversity (E&D)

The Equality & Diversity (E&D) section is a specialist advisory function that is responsible for supporting equality and diversity policy development, implementation and compliance, and reports to the Equality & Diversity Committee. It seeks to engage all University members in promoting a positive and fully inclusive work and study environment, in line with the public equality duties for the higher education sector. This is realised through facilitating the University's engagement with protected groups, the dissemination of relevant data and information, equality analysis (through Equality Assurance Assessments) and policy development. The section also co-ordinates relevant equality training and awareness raising through on-line modules, diversity events and briefings.

Disability Liaison Officers

Many departments and colleges have Disability Liaison Officers who act as a central point of contact on disability within the department and are able to offer information on disability within the department, and signpost to other areas.

Departmental/Faculty Administrator

The relevant Administrator will understand the local working environment and will also be able to help source the appropriate support from the specialist internal service providers, with help from the School HR teams as required.

Some guidance which may be relevant for Administrators and Line Managers in specific situations: