Please see details below of guidance that NIACE and De Montfort University have recently produced for the Higher Education sector. We are keen to disseminate it widely, and Mark Ravenhall thought this might be of interest to  members/contacts of UALL and SCUTREA.

Kind regards,

Caroline Law



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Dear colleague,

The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) recently launched guidance for the HE sector Enabling Equality: Furthering disability equality for staff in Higher EducationClick here to download the guidance and literature review.

This guidance is the result of research commissioned by the ECU and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and carried out by NIACE and De Montfort University. Over 300 disabled staff working across the HE sector, and staff working in equality and diversity and human resources, took part in the research.

The research identifies ten areas that are influential in shaping the experiences of disabled staff in the workplace:

  • Progress: good practice in the sector
  • Aspiration and reality: disparities between policy and practice
  • Inconsistencies: understanding and awareness
  • Lagging behind students: less support for disabled staff
  • Declaration: supporting the right conditions
  • Entitlement: reasonable adjustments
  • Funding: inefficient systems
  • Mental health: taking a positive approach
  • Disability-related discrimination and harassment
  • Engagement: involving disabled staff

The guidance sets out research findings relating to these areas and offers practical, evidence-based advice.

NIACE is keen to receive feedback on the guidance, and to receive information as to how the guidance has been used to advance disability equality in the workplace. Please send any comments and feedback to [log in to unmask].

Kind regards,

Caroline Law

Research Assistant