The University has signed the Charter for Employers who are positive about mental health.
What we recognise
As an employer, we recognise that:
people who have mental health issues may have experienced discrimination in recruitment and selection procedures - this may discourage them from seeking employment
whilst some people will acknowledge their experience of mental health issues in a frank and open way, others fear that stigma will jeopardise their chances of getting a job
given appropriate support, the vast majority of people who have experienced mental ill health continue to work successfully as do many with ongoing issues.
As an employer, we aim to:
show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues - this will include positive statements in local recruitment literature
ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and the Equality Act 2010, and given appropriate interview skills
make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental health issues will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment
not make assumptions that a person with a mental health issue will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant
provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental health issues
ensure all line managers have information and training about managing mental health in the workplace