Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University

Disability & Inclusion Adviser

Disability & Inclusion Adviser

Part Time (22.5 hours) - Permanent - High Wycombe

Salary - £32,332 - £36,024

Buckinghamshire New University is an ambitious, modern university that is always open to fresh ideas and thinking. We believe in the transformative power of education, and in doing the right thing by our students, people and local community. That's why our BNU community is a special place to work and study, and where people who want to make a difference can contribute and succeed.

Our University's DRIVE values and are at the heart of all that we do. We are united in being dynamic, responsible, inclusive, visionary and empowering to ensure that we provide the best experience to our learners and offer excellent service to our partners and to each other as colleagues. Our commitment to these values is unwavering and they are central to our mission. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries and we are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments that you require.

The successful candidate will provide a point of contact, information, and support for a range of learners with access needs, including those with mental health difficulties, autism, sensory and mobility impairments/loss and long- term medical conditions.

The post holder will assess, make, and communicate recommendations for reasonable adjustments to appropriate areas of the University to ensure learners are supported throughout their studies. They will also help students apply for funding via Disabled Students' Allowances, make referrals to other teams within the University and keep accurate records of their interventions.

The successful candidate should have knowledge and understanding of the nature and challenges involved in life at university and the ways in which disability can impact on study. They should also be agile and effective communicators, understand disability legislation and the duties of the University, be able to analyse and problem solve complex situations under pressure.

What we offer:

  • a generous holiday entitlement (35/30 days per annum, plus bank holidays & closure days)
  • Hybrid working (dependant on business needs)
  • training & development support opportunities
  • contributory pension scheme
  • discounted gym membership for our on-site gym
  • a range of staff discounts with major retailers.
  • Please click here to see our wide range of benefits available for employees. Please click here for our behavioural based interview question bank. Please click here to view our employee handbook.

    If you have the qualities and attributes representative of the University's values and ambition, we would be delighted to hear from you.

    For further information about this role please contact Louise Gilzean at [email protected].

    All applications are to be made in full and online.

    BNU is proud to have a diverse community and a strong track record of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our aim is to continue to build an environment where everyone thrives and can be themselves. We therefore ensure that our interview/shortlisting Chairs complete the relevant e-learning and/or inclusive recruitment training.

    We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in BNU'S workforce. These include people from global majority backgrounds, disabled people, and LGBTQI+ people, particularly in more senior roles.

    Closing Date: 16 April 2024

    Interview Date: 23 April 2024

    Please note that an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for this position. The successful applicant will be required to give consent to check their criminal record status through the DBS. Information will be kept in strict confidence. Your offer of appointment will be subject to the University being satisfied with the outcome of this check.

    If you are successful in securing an interview for the role, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

    BNU is a Disability Confident employer and as such you will be given the opportunity to declare a disability as part of the application process. The University is also committed to achieving the Race Equality Charter.

    Location

    Uxbridge, High Wycombe

    Contract Type

    Permanent

    Salary Range

    £32,332 - £36,024

    Hours per week

    24

    Closing Date

    16/04/2024

    Ref No

    1541

    Job Description

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    Job Title: Disability & Inclusion Adviser

    Faculty/Directorate: Student Success

    Grade: F

    Location: High Wycombe and Uxbridge Campus

    Hours: 22.5 hours

    Responsible to: Senior Disability & Inclusion Adviser

    Responsible for: The successful candidate will provide a point of contact, information, and support for a range of disabled students, including those with mental health difficulties, autism, sensory and mobility impairments/loss and long-term medical conditions.

    The post holder will assess, make, and communicate recommendations for reasonable adjustments to appropriate areas of the University to ensure students are supported throughout their studies. They will also help students apply for funding via Disabled Students' Allowances, make referrals to other teams within the University and keep accurate records of their interventions.

    The successful candidate should have knowledge and understanding of the nature and challenges involved in life at university and the ways in which disability can impact on study. They should also be agile and effective communicators, understand disability legislation and the duties of the University and be able to analyse and problem solve complex situations under pressure. The successful candidate will also have well developed negotiating and influencing skills and be able to work with highly sensitive information appropriately and be able to work with minimal supervision, prioritising and planning a busy workload.

    Job Purpose: To ensure that disabled students can access and benefit from their academic and broader student experience through the provision of appropriate information, advice and adjustments to both individual disabled students, prospective students and the staff working with them.

    Main Duties & Responsibilities of the role:

  • To provide specialist and confidential advice and guidance to existing students with disabilities
  • Provide needs assessments and register students referred to the service, where necessary working collaboratively with the team/wider staff body to determine the most appropriate intervention
  • To manage a student SpLD advice caseload, escalating complex cases, and seeking guidance from Inclusion, Diversity and Disability Manager, Disability Leads and/or relevant funding body where necessary
  • To advise, guide and liaise with staff on appropriate support and reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities
  • To be responsible for the highest standards of record keeping including electronic data entry
  • Contribute to wider team meetings, and developing team policies, procedures, and processes
  • To support the team with events, presentations, workshops, and open days, offering advice and guidance to potential applicants at university open days
  • Provides support to colleagues including Disability Leads and Support Officers, where necessary, forging positive working relationships with staff across the university
  • Attend training and CPD to keep abreast of developments in disability provision
  • Comply with the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR; Health and Safety; and Equality and Diversity requirements and legislation in all working practices.
  • Such other duties temporarily or on a continuing basis, as may reasonably be required.
  • PERSON SPECIFICATION

    A = Application T = Test I = Interview

    Education, Qualifications & Training

    Means of Testing

    Degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field

    A

    CPD log evidencing training and/or Qualification in disability, health, or pedagogy

    A

    Knowledge & Experience

    Knowledge of recent disability legislation

    A/I

    An understanding of the specific needs of students with a disability in a higher education context

    A/I

    Experience of working with young people from diverse backgrounds and with special needs

    A/I

    Knowledge of support available for people with disabilities

    I

    Skills

    Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with colleagues within a multi-disciplinary team and wider institutional setting

    I

    Ability to prioritise, organise and deliver a complex and changing workload under pressure to tight deadlines, using own initiative without constant supervision

    I

    Use of appropriate levels of IT skills to enable best use of available information and communications as necessary for the post

    I

    Ability to set appropriate boundaries within a professional role and liaise effectively

    I

    Special Requirements

    Awareness of, and capability to maintain, confidentiality

    I

    Willingness and ability to travel to off-site locations

    I

    BUCKS BEHAVIOURAL FRAMEWORK

    Delivering excellent service Providing the best quality service to external and internal customers/students/stakeholders. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up customer service standards.

    Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.

    Working together Working collaboratively and across boundaries with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.

    Location

    Uxbridge, High Wycombe

    Contract Type

    Permanent

    Salary Range

    £32,332 - £36,024

    Hours per week

    24

    Closing Date

    16/04/2024

    Ref No

    1541

    Job details

    Title

    Disability & Inclusion Adviser

    Employer

    Buckinghamshire New University

    Location

    United Kingdom

    Published

    April 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 16, 2024

    Job type

    Administration/Managerment

    Field

    Social Science

    About the employer

    Buckinghamshire New University is a well-recognized public university, which is known for imparting quality education to students from all across the world. This institution of learning dates back to 1891 and was established as the School of Science and Art. Since then, it has been re-invented as the High Wycombe College of Technology and Art, the School of Science and Art, the Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education and the Wycombe Technical Institute. From 1999 until 2007, the institution served as a university college and was later announced to have gained the status of a university. All the campuses of the university are well-facilitated with amenities needed for a conducive learning environment. This is the institution that received a Gold accreditation for Corporate Social Responsibility in the year 2018. This standard of accreditation recognized the positive impact that the institution's staff and students made to improve the environment.

    At present, there are a total of four campuses that are operated by the university. These impressive campuses are located in the towns of Uxbridge, High Wycombe, and Aylesbury. High Wycombe Campus serves as a thriving base for applied healthcare research and nursing students. A major development of this campus was undertaken by the university with a large structure, the Gateway Building. It features a fine mix of commercial-standard facilities such as a fitness center, labs, drama studios, sports hall, music recording studios, cafe, conference rooms, and others. Moreover, it has a motion capture system along with green screen facilities. At Buckinghamshire New University, there is a range of accommodation including managed houses, halls of residence and the student village to extend convenience to the students.

    There are several undergraduates, postgraduate and professional courses featured by the institution for the students to choose from. Also, the university offers courses that are rare in British universities. One such course is Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training, which offers an opportunity for the students to study for a professional pilot's license. There are innovative courses like Music Management and Film and Television Production. There is a course available in Animation and Visual Effects. Buckinghamshire New University is one of the few universities that have created a degree in Policing.

    Additionally, it is one of the leading providers of nursing students in London. Apart from being popular for academic excellence, the university is also known for its notable alumni network. Some of the distinguished personalities of the alumni network of the institution include singer Rebecca Stephens, artist John Bolam, actor Chris Joyce, model, and actress Veronica Carlson and many others.

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