Human Resources

Equality and Diversity

University of Essex

Disability Confident Employer scheme

Disability confident: positive about disabled people Our University’s membership of the ‘Two Ticks’ accreditation scheme has been replaced by the Government’s Disability Confident Employer scheme.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 performance.

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 scheme

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.

Recruiting staff

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.