Two ticks for Imperial
3 May 2012
The College officially received its ‘two ticks’ disability symbol at a presentation on 16 April.
The disability symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have made a commitment to employ, keep and develop the abilities of staff with disabilities. Eligible organisations must meet five criteria, including interviewing all job applicants with a disability who meet a vacancy’s minimum criteria, and making every effort to ensure employees who become disabled are able to stay in employment.
The presentation was attended by members of Imperial’s Disability Action Committee who have helped lead improvements for College members with disabilities over the past two years. Accepting the award from Jobcentre Plus representative Debby Huff, Louise Lindsay, Director of Human Resources, said: “We’re delighted Imperial has received ‘two ticks’ disability status. This is an important recognition of the commitment by members of the staff and student body to supporting those with disabilities. There is more for us to do – but this is a great endorsement of the work to date.”
Imperial will report to Jobcentre Plus on how it maintains this commitment. One new development is the introduction of a Staff Disability Officer, a post approved by the College’s Equality and Diversity Committee, chaired by Edward Astle, Pro Rector (Enterprise).
— John-Paul Jones, Communications and Development