Becoming a University Partner
University partners will be campuses who are willing to invest time into improving graduate employment outcomes for their students with disability, and those who would like to build stronger working relationships with employment services. It has been recognised that best practice is collaboration between the University careers & equity/access teams assists the identification and support of students who would like further assistance to find work, however most universities do not have the resources to allocate a staff member to the job of working between these two departments. A partnership approach brings in an external specialist in the field of disability employment – and supports this staff member to work at the graduate employment level. There will also be further opportunities to link and refer graduating and graduated students to internal university services that may be under utilised.
This is new territory to develop a network of providers and consultants who are co-located at universities with the sole objective to improve graduate employment for students with disability. The consultant at your university will gain access to the network of USEP consultants at other universities – which further increases collaboration and skill development. There is a university FAQ section which is growing as questions are answered, which is also a great place to start – or our blog, on this website.
If you are interested in having a discussion about setting up a USEP, please contact your local National Disability Coordination Officer.