We are proud to be part of the Disability Confident Scheme, and recently we have successfully reaccredited our status as a Disability Confident Employer.
As a Disability Confident Employer, we aim to challenge attitudes towards disability, increase understanding, remove barriers to people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions in employment, and ensure that they have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment and aspire to build a culture in which every member of the University feels valued, welcome, and is able to flourish.
Our approach to supporting staff with health conditions and impairments, both physical and mental, sets out this commitment, and provides information for managers and staff about how we support prospective, new and existing staff. It is based on five key principles, which we proactively and enthusiastically pursue:
Flexibility is an intrinsic part of how we work at Essex, and you can find out more about flexible working on the Staff Directory.
The Essex Access Forum is a discussion forum and consultation body working to support excellence in all aspects of physical and intellectual access at Essex, and membership is open to both staff and students – with or without disabilities.
If you would like further information, the Disability Confident website provides guidance for employers on employing people with disabilities and/or with health conditions.
Registrar and Secretary, University of Essex
Bryn Morris heads up the day-to-day running of the University of Essex. He reports to the Vice-Chancellor and is responsible for the overall administration of the University. He is also one of the University's disability diversity champions.
Dr, University of Essex
Adam joined the university in 2010 as an undergraduate in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and graduated with a PhD in 2019. Now working as Health and Safety Technician for Estates and Campus Services, Adam supports the section with the university's aim to embed health and safety as a core value in everything we do. He also co-chairs the Essex Access Forum with Francisco Sepulveda.
professor, University of Essex
Francisco is a Professor of Neural Engineering and Intelligent Systems in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, where he is also the Deputy Director of Teaching (Year 1), the Disability Officer, and the Inclusivity Lead. He also currently co-chairs the University's Access Forum with Adam Woodhouse. He has multiple disabilities and has been a disability advocate for 20 years.