Disability and Inclusion at the University of Worcester

The University of Worcester is deeply committed to human equality and dignity, aiming for equal opportunity and true inclusion in all its activities with staff and students.  Disability is one of the nine protected characteristics covered under the Equality Act, which provides individuals with protection from discrimination arising from their disability in employment/study.

Disability and Reasonable Adjustments

The law defines disability as a ‘mental or physical impairment which has a substantial and long-term effect on an individual’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’.

Here we use the social model of disability, which means we acknowledge that people are disabled by physical and/or social attitudinal barriers – such as stereotyping and prejudice - in the environment.  This is best managed by altering or making allowances for the environment and is known as making ‘reasonable adjustments’ which is a legal requirement.  Examples may include providing adaptive pieces of equipment; time off for treatment; phased return to work; moving tasks to more accessible areas.

Support for our staff

If you have a disability and would like to discuss your specific requirements,  in the first instance contact your line manager, or Alison Simcox, HR Advisor: a.simcox@worc.ac.uk or Colin Fry, Health & Safety Co-ordinator: c.fry@worc.ac.uk .   Alternatively you may, in confidence, self-refer directly to our occupational health provider Soma, 01905 422808 or enquiries@somahealth.co.uk  .


Two Ticks

The University is proud to have been awarded the ‘Two Ticks positive about disabled people’ accreditation. This signifies that as an employer we have a positive and proactive approach to the employment, development and retention of disabled people.



The University is a signatory to the charter for ‘Employers who are Positive about Mental Health’ which confirms our commitment in demonstrating a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues. There is a mental health first aid training course available for all staff to undertake, please contact Colin Fry.

Disabled staff Network- If you have a disability, specific learning difference or health condition or an interest in these and would like to contribute to improving facilities, policies and procedures at the university, or would just like to meet and discuss issues with staff members in a similar situation then please contact: Steve Joyce: s.joyce@worc.ac.uk  or Alison Simcox: a.simcox@worc.ac.uk

Useful links:

Occupational health:     http://www.worc.ac.uk/personnel/658.htm

Scope:                             http://www.scope.org.uk/

Disability Rights UK:     http://disabilityrightsuk.org/