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Disability Standard

The Disability Standard is a whole-organisation disability management audit developed by Business Disability Forum to help organisations measure and improve on performance for disabled customers, clients or service users, employees, and stakeholders.

Read the University's Disability Strategy Statement to find out about the work we're doing on disability equality and accessibility.

If you'd like to learn more about the University's work in this area and can't find what you need here, contact us and let us know.


Key Areas

The ten business areas covered in the Disability Standard are as follows:

  1. Commitment: Promote your commitment to best practice on disability internally and externally.
  2. Know-how: Equip employees so that they are confident interacting with disabled people, knowing what to do and how to do it.
  3. Adjustments: Anticipate the needs of disabled people and have a robust process for making any adjustments that might be needed by individuals.
  4. Recruitment: Attract and recruit disabled people, which gives access to the widest talent pool at every level.
  5. Retention: Value all employees, including those who are disabled or who become disabled, and are committed to their retention and development.
  6. Products and services: Value disabled customers, clients and service users and address their needs when developing and delivering products and services.
  7. Suppliers and Partners: Expect suppliers and corporate partners to reflect and enable you to meet your commitment to disability best practice.
  8. Communication: Communication with disabled people, should be as inclusive as possible and whenever necessary adjustments made for individuals.
  9. Premises: Premises are accessible to people with disabilities and whenever necessary adjustments are made for individuals.
  10. Information and communication technology (ICT): ICT is accessible and usable by disabled people and adjustments made for individuals.


Steering Group

The purpose of the Disability Standard Steering Group is:

  • To ensure that the University works towards meeting the criteria of the Disability Standard accreditation as set out in the Business Disability Forum Guidelines.
  • To ensure disabled persons perspectives are provided to the University on a range of issues relating directly to disability.
  • To recommend courses of action to the University that support the employment of disabled people.
  • To promote and improve understanding of disability issues that affect disabled persons.
  • Assist in bringing about positive changes for all those concerned in an interdependent way.

Read the Disability Standard Steering Group Terms of Reference for more detail.

The Steering Group is Chaired by the Provost, Chris Ennew. The membership is as follows:

  • Claire Algar - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Officer.
  • Sarah Ashworth - Associate Tutor.
  • Michaela Hodges - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Officer (Secretary).
  • Sandra Beaufoy - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager.
  • Annie Davey - Head of Administration, Information & Digital Group.
  • Louise Davies - Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Warwick Sport.
  • Kathryn Fisher - Head of Disability Services.
  • Liz Gardner - Customer Services Manager, Library.
  • Brigitte Hatfield - Recruitment Manager.
  • Jane Openshaw - Senior Project Manager, Estates.
  • John Phillips - Director of Health & Safety.
  • Becca Randle - Audience Development Officer, Warwick Arts Centre
  • Laura Thompson - Associate Director (Communications).
  • Helen Thorne - Marketing Communications Manager.
  • Despina Weber - Head of Disability Services.
  • Jenny Wheeler - Accessibility Officer (Estates).
  • Tim Wilkinson - HR Administration Team Leader.

You may also be interested in:

ED&I Newsletter

Policies - including Disability and Mental Health Policy

Disability Framework

Staff Networks - including Disabled Staff Network

Taskforces and SIC - including Disability Taskforce

Initiatives - including our booklet 'The Most Important Things People Want You To Know About Disability & Caring'

Training and Learning