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Disability Confident

The Disability Confident Scheme provides a framework to support organisations to develop a disability inclusive culture that realises the talent of disabled people.

Disability Confident logoNorthumbria University has been recognised as a Disability Confident Employer as it has implemented a proactive approach to employing disabled people. 

Disability Confident, formerly known as ‘Two Ticks – positive about disabled people’, is a government scheme that encourages employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. The scheme serves to change attitudes towards disability and to ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

There are three levels of award within the scheme:

  • Disability Confident Committed (level 1)
  • Disability Confident Employer (level 2)
  • Disability Confident Leader (level 3)

As a Disability Confident Employer we commit to the below core activities:

  • Actively looking to attract and recruit disabled people
  • Providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
  • Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the essential criteria for the job
  • Being flexible when assessing people so disabled job applicants have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
  • Making reasonable adjustments as required
  • Encouraging our suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident
  • Ensuring employees have sufficient disability equality awareness
  • Promoting a culture of being Disability Confident
  • Supporting employees to manage their disabilities or health conditions
  • Ensuring there are no barriers to the development and progression of disabled staff
  • Ensuring managers are aware of how they can support staff who are sick or absent from work
  • Valuing and listening to feedback from disabled staff
  • Reviewing our Disability Confident self-assessment


For more information on the scheme, please visit the Disability Confident website. 



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