Communications support policy

Communications support policy

Introduction

This page outlines our commitment to providing communication support to all applicants and Fellows in all dealings with the Fellowship. This includes, but is not limited to, interviews, Fellowship research and events.

Background and context

The Equality Act became law in October 2010. It replaced, and aimed to improve upon, previous equalities legislation including the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The Equality Act covers all groups that were protected by previous equalities legislation, known as Protected Characteristics, one of which is disability. The Equality Act places a legal duty on service providers to take steps or make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to avoid putting a disabled person at substantial disadvantage when compared to a person who is not disabled. The Equality Act 2010 (section 212) states that “ ‘substantial’ means more than minor or trivial.”

The Churchill Fellowship is fully committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We promote these values through our Fellowships, which embrace all groups and issues in society. In support of these values, and in line with our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, we offer financial reimbursement for applicants’ and Fellows’ communication support needs.

Our commitment

We are committed to providing communication support in line with those needs reported to us by all applicants and Fellows. However, the Churchill Fellowship does not take on the responsibility for identifying communication support needs. Our commitment is upheld by:

  1. Recording of needs: The Churchill Fellowship will maintain accurate records of applicants’ and Fellows’ needs to provide a consistent level of support across all contact with the Fellowship. These records will be kept in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.
  2. Meeting of needs: The Churchill Fellowship will provide financial reimbursement for any communication support needs. This includes, but is not limited to, BSL translators, Palantypists and alternative communication formats including large text or audio descriptions.
  3. Evaluation of provisions: The Churchill Fellowship is grateful for any feedback regarding communication support provision and commits to improving its provisions in line with this feedback.

Background and context

The Equality Act became law in October 2010. It replaced, and aimed to improve upon, previous equalities legislation including the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The Equality Act covers all groups that were protected by previous equalities legislation, known as Protected Characteristics, one of which is disability. The Equality Act places a legal duty on service providers to take steps or make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to avoid putting a disabled person at substantial disadvantage when compared to a person who is not disabled. The Equality Act 2010 (section 212) states that “ ‘substantial’ means more than minor or trivial.”

The Churchill Fellowship is fully committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We promote these values through our Fellowships, which embrace all groups and issues in society. In support of these values, and in line with our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, we offer financial reimbursement for applicants’ and Fellows’ communication support needs.

Our commitment

We are committed to providing communication support in line with those needs reported to us by all applicants and Fellows. However, the Churchill Fellowship does not take on the responsibility for identifying communication support needs. Our commitment is upheld by:

  1. Recording of needs: The Churchill Fellowship will maintain accurate records of applicants’ and Fellows’ needs to provide a consistent level of support across all contact with the Fellowship. These records will be kept in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.
  2. Meeting of needs: The Churchill Fellowship will provide financial reimbursement for any communication support needs. This includes, but is not limited to, BSL translators, Palantypists and alternative communication formats including large text or audio descriptions.
  3. Evaluation of provisions: The Churchill Fellowship is grateful for any feedback regarding communication support provision and commits to improving its provisions in line with this feedback.