• Disability Confident is a DWP initiative dating all the way back to 2013. It replaced the Two Ticks/Positive About Disabled People scheme.
  • The latter dated back to 1990 and had arguably become a somewhat hollow/tokenistic initiative: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/two-ticks-set-for-reform-as-researchers-call-it-an-empty-shell/
  • Employers must work their way through the three levels in a linear way. To use the scheme’s preferred term: “a journey”….
  • To be accredited at level 1 (“Committed”) the University would need to meet the 5 commitments (1-3 are around fair recruitment practises while points 4 and 5 are around Access to Work and “reasonable adjustments”) AND
  • Identify one or more activities that will “make a difference for disabled people”. The guidance lists nine of these, such as internships.

Here are the full details: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disability-confident-guidance-for-levels-1-2-and-3

This page will be updated as the University makes it way along on it’s “journey”, but the initial “Committed” Accreditation has now been achieved.