The university is one of 22 silver awards to be given in the north east this year. Achieving the accolade recognizes the contribution organizations make withinitiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the Armed Forces into a new career, and providing flexibility for reservists.
Launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister, the employer recognition scheme is a prestigious badge of honour that rewards UK employers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their efforts to provide support to the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Covenant, which the university signed in April this year, is a promise from the nation to treat fairly those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces.
Professor Tony Alabaster, Academic Dean in the university’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the Silver award which is recognition of our commitment to supporting those who make an invaluable contribution to our nation’s defence and security, as well as through their work here with us at the university.”
The university has a longstanding relationship of mutual support with the Army’s Medical Services and in particular 251 Medical Squadron, based in Seaburn. The university has supported military training events with staff and equipment, and the Medical Squadron has attended university Open Days to promote the Reserve Service. Two members of university staff were also given the opportunity to join 251 Squadron on their annual exercise to Kenya providing outreach primary healthcare treatments.
“I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards,” said Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans. “A Silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the Armed Forces Community.”