Disability Confident Employer scheme
Our University’s membership of the ‘Two Ticks’ accreditation scheme has been replaced by the
Government’s Disability Confident Employer scheme. As a leading employer we’re committed to
hiring more people who are disabled to help us transform our culture, customer relations and
The new Disability Confident Employer scheme aims to:
- challenge attitudes towards disability
- increase understanding of disability
- remove barriers to disabled people and those with long term health conditions in employment
- ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfill their potential and realise their aspirations
The Disability Confident Employer scheme is a Department of Work and Pensions scheme based
in the UK which helps organisations to think differently about disability in relation
to employment, retention, training and career development.
Recognising the symbol
The disability symbol is rectangular and contains four boxes and the wording 'Disability
Confident Employer', as shown at the top of this page.
Why Essex is part of the scheme
We recognise the value of diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity
within our University. We therefore aim to create the conditions whereby students
and staff are treated with dignity and respect and solely on the basis of their merits,
abilities and potential, regardless of, race, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender
identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, socio-economic background, family
circumstances, religious or political beliefs and affiliations or other irrelevant distinction.
Our University is required by law not to discriminate on the grounds of
disability, and this scheme is an extension of the University's legal duties.
You should be aware of your responsibilities you have when recruiting applicants
who have a disability. Please read our guidance.
If you have any questions please get in touch with your HR contact.