Neurodiversity is a term that refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. It highlights that no two brains are alike, and that we all think, process information, and learn in different ways. ‘Neurodiverse’, and also the term ‘neurodivergent’, are commonly used to describe when someone’s brain learns or behaves differently from what is considered ‘typical’.

The diversity that comes from the inclusion of those who are neurodivergent results in a workplace filled with creative thinking, innovative ideas, increased productivity, unique problem-solving skills and ‘outside the box’ approaches to tasks.

Individuals with neurodivergent traits may meet a diagnostic threshold for neurodivergent differences such as:

Framework of guidance

It is essential that we feel comfortable about bringing our authentic selves to work. When we feel comfortable at work, everyone benefits. We are committed to developing a framework of guidance to assist the University with supporting neurodiversity in the workplace, and throughout 2023 we spoke with a number of neurodivergent employees who told us their personal experiences of working at Essex. In response, our Neuro-Inclusion Working Group developed a number of recommendations which have now been approved by the University Steering Group.

Find out more

To access our pre-recorded employee neurodiversity awareness session, and to find out more information on some of the neurodivergent differences listed above please see our Wellbeing Directory.

Supporting you

If you are neurodivergent find out how we can support you with reasonable adjustments to your work environment.

If you would like to know more about our work to encourage disclosure of characteristics at the University, including neurodiversity, see our Your Profile Counts campaign.

If you would like support in this area, please contact Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

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