UWE Bristol and WECIL working together to improve support to disabled employees

Issue date: 08 September 2016


UWE Bristol working with WECIL

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is working with the West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL), an organisation that specialises in support for disabled staff and their managers, to help to make the very best working environment for UWE's disabled employees.

Catherine Parker, Human Resources Advice Hub Manager at UWE Bristol said, “WECIL will help us with a range of improvements to our services including advice on making reasonable adjustments such as flexible working hours, making the most of assistive technology, guidance on applications for Access to Work funding and support with planning a return to work after a period of absence.

WECIL will also provide advice and training around general disability equality matters and legal obligations.

Cheri Wilkins, WECIL CEO said, “We are pleased to be working with UWE Bristol to provide this specialist support to disabled employees, their work colleagues and managers at the University.

“Research shows that when supported in the right way, not only are disabled employees just as productive as their non-disabled colleagues, they are also less likely to have time off sick, have fewer accidents and they stay in their jobs longer.

“The greater understanding generated by employing a diverse range of people gives employers like UWE Bristol a clear advantage and makes for a more productive and welcoming environment for everyone within the organisation.”

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