The University of Suffolk is a diverse and vibrant community and is committed to providing equality of opportunity to all staff and students. Our approach is inclusive; valuing the contribution of every member of the institution and the communities we serve.
To demonstrate our commitment we are members of the initiatives mentioned below.
The scheme helps us to improve how we attract, recruit and retain disabled staff. As members of the scheme we have agreed to the following commitments:
- inclusive and accessible recruitment
- communicating vacancies
- offering an interview to disabled people*
- providing reasonable adjustments
- supporting existing employees
*We guarantee to interview all applicants who declare a disability and who meet the minimum essential criteria for any vacancy.
In December 2018 we were awarded the Disability Confident Employer certificate, which means as a Disability Confident Employer we:
- have undertaken and successfully completed the Disability Confident self-assessment
- are taking all of the core actions to be a Disability Confident employer
- are offering at least one activity to get the right people for our business and at least one activity to keep and develop our people.
We are positive about Mental Health and we are committed to improving the lives of our people. Our purpose as a University is to improve lives. We signed up to the Mindful Employer as a tangible display of our commitment to working towards the principles of the Charter; to make a difference to our working experience and support breaking down the stigma associated with mental health.
As part of our journey we are encouraging more open positive conversations about mental health across the university and explore how we might embed these conversations in everyday practice to create a healthy working environment.
We consider flexible working requests for all our vacancies. Examples include adjustments to the working location, hours and working on job share basis. We have been a Top 30 Employer for Working Families, which is a National Award recognising family friendly workplaces. This provides us with opportunities to benchmark with other organisations from the private and public sector, including other universities.
We recognise that flexible working is not just for parents and carers. Our inclusive Flexible Working policy is open to all our staff and designed to support our people achieve a positive work-life balance, regardless of their personal circumstances.
We also have a number of staff networks which meet bi-monthly to share experiences and help assist the university develop its practice and culture.
- Family Network - for all those with caring responsibilities: child and adult
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network
- Disability Network
There is also an informal International Society made up of staff from overseas who arrange a number of events each year to promote the multicultural and multinational profile of our university.