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Supporting disabled staff

How we support disabled staff into and at work.

York St John is a Disability Confident Employer and a MINDFUL EMPLOYER.

We are committed to improving policies and practices for staff living with disability, physical or mental health conditions.

Disability Confident guaranteed interview scheme

We are a 'Disability Confident' employer. In accordance with this scheme we guarantee an interview to any candidates who declare in their application that they have a disability and meet the minimum criteria for the role.

Disabled applicants are invited to discuss their application or request assistance at any point during the recruitment process.

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Jobs at York St John

Reasonable adjustments

The University is committed to taking positive steps to ensure that disabled people can compete for employment opportunities on a level playing field and have the support they need to develop and perform well in their jobs.

Examples of adjustments include alterations to working hours, adjustments to premises and the acquisition or modification of equipment.

Disability leave

The University provides up to 1 week (of normal contracted hours) leave per annum, as may be required for particular purposes such as assessment and/or treatment in relation to the disability, or servicing of necessary equipment or other aids.

It is not intended for Disability related sick leave. Disability leave applies to staff who have disclosed a disability, and where the time off work is verified by a medical or occupational health report or an appointment letter.

Disability Staff Network

The Disabled Staff Network provides a place where people living with disability or health issues come together, to increase our voice and visibility and help the University be an enabling environment for all.

The Network is small and we would welcome enthusiastic members to help us develop our purpose, direction and activities.

Contact: Jake Furby, Equality and Diversity Adviser, at

Internal resources/advice

The Human Resources Team

Jake Furby, Equality and Diversity Adviser

External resources

Access to Work

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that means you require additional support or equipment to do your job, you may be able to apply for Access to Work funding.

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Employee Assistance Programme

Colleagues can access the Employee Assistance Programme for example if they need advice about talking to their manager about disability or adjustments.