Manchester Met named a leading university for disabled people

04 April 2017

London, UK: Manchester Metropolitan University has become the first university to achieve the top ‘Gold’ status in Business Disability Forum’s Disability Standard since the assessment was introduced in 2004.

In an evaluation under the world-renowned management tool, which assessed the University’s approach to disabled students and employees, Manchester Met became one of just five organisations to have achieved the highest rating of Gold.

The Disability Standard uses a thorough set of 10 criteria to evaluate performance across every aspect of an organisation and is the only tool to put such an emphasis on the whole organisation.

Only companies scoring more than 90% in the Standard achieve a Gold rating.

The strength of Manchester Met’s inclusive practices is in its keen proactivity in reviewing its performance and seeking the opinions of employees and students.

Hard work by the University’s Disability Services team, who provide in-depth support for disabled students and the specialist HR teams who have developed support for disabled employees, earned special praise from assessors and contributed to the high Disability Standard score.

Manchester Met also credited their proactive Disabled Staff Forum and Equality and Diversity Champions as key drivers in their success.

Mona Patel, Equality and Diversity Specialist at Manchester Metropolitan University, said:

“I am proud of the innovative approaches we have taken to promote inclusivity, such as our Peer Mentoring Scheme offering all disabled prospective and first year students the opportunity to have a student mentor, the creation of a 3D campus map for a student with visual impairment, as well as our bespoke guides for disabled staff, managers and job candidates, which help to support the processes around adjustments.

“I firmly believe this achievement is through the hard work of our remarkable colleagues here and we shall continue to drive disability-smart improvements within everything we do.  We are also committed to sharing best practice by working with other HEIs to improve access for all.”

Angela Matthews, Senior Disability Consultant at Business Disability Forum:

“Our congratulations go to Manchester Metropolitan University on their wonderful score, which was earned through very hard work by all involved. We hope that their achievement inspires and encourages good practice among other universities and institutions of learning.”




Notes to editors


1. Business Disability Forum (BDF) is a world-leading membership body bringing together business and the public sector to build disability-smart organisations. BDF has more than 25 years’ experience of working with public and private sector employers and service providers. For more information about the Forum, please visit:  


2. For more information about the Disability Standard and to view the Roll of Honour, please visit


3. For further information on BDF, please contact Samuel Buckley on