The College successfully assimilated into the Disability Confident Scheme at Level 2 in October 2016. The aims and objectives of the scheme are to:
- challenge attitudes towards disability
- increase understanding of disability
- remove barriers to disabled people and those with long term health conditions in employment
- ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfill their potential and realise their aspirations
The Employee Assistance Program, available to all staff at Royal Holloway, can be used to offer further disability-related advice to staff members, or to offer counselling and more holistic support, as can the College Counselling Service. The Estates Department also works to ensure that the campus is as accessible as possible, making reasonable adjustments to the structure of the campus wherever they can.
Royal Holloway has a Disabled Staff Working Group which is Chaired by the Director of HR. It also runs a Staff Disability Forum, a support network available to all staff with disabilities which meets quarterly to discuss disability issues relating to staff. For further information on the forum please contact Professor Ashok Jashapara (Ashok.Jashapara@rhul.ac.uk) or Mr James Heath (James.Heath@rhul.ac.uk) who are both active members. The group is supported by Susan Lee (email@example.com, Equality and Diversity officer).
Royal Holloway is producing a suite of Equality and Diversity Top Tips Guides designed to accompany and enhance existing Policies. These include a 'Top Tips for colleagues with a disabilit'y and 'Top Tip for line managers supporting colleagues with a disability'.
You can find information about the Access to Work Scheme here. This is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability ot long term physical or mental health condition. Support can be provided where someone needs help or adaptations beyond reasonable adjustments. You can also read the Access to Work factsheet for employers.