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Supporting disabled staff

Published: 07/07/2014

The University of Manchester and Oxford Brookes University employ staff with a specific remit for supporting and assisting disabled staff. Although the roles differ, typically these staff:

  • provide assessments, information and assistance to disabled staff and potential staff (applicants) – formally and informally, and on a one-off or continuous basis – whether or not they have declared
  • liaise and negotiate between disabled staff and line managers, HR and occupational health, especially with regard to the assessment and implementation of reasonable adjustments
  • coordinate disabled staff forums or networks
  • coordinate disability equality training
  • advise staff on equipment and technology, and provide training on use