Silver award in recognition of commitment and support of Armed Forces
15 August 2017
Canterbury Christ Church University is to receive a Silver Ministry of Defence award for its commitment and support of Armed Forces.
The Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme was launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant.
The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community. This includes the Reserves, Service leavers, Armed Forces veterans, the wounded, injured and sick, Cadets, military spouses or partners and their families.
Debra Teasdale, Armed Forces Lead at Christ Church, will receive the award on behalf of the University on 6 September at a reception aboard HMS Victory. The awards will be presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, hosted by Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE, the Second Sea Lord.
Debra said: “We are really proud to receive this Silver award for our ongoing commitment to service personnel. It recognises the value we place on having reservists, veterans and service families as employees and students, enriching our University community and wider society.”
The University has a strong record of working with, and supporting, the Armed Forces community, including:
- A University-wide policy to support Volunteer Reservists to undertake their reservist activities, including full mobilisation;
- The School of Music and Performing Art working with the Royal Marines Band to enhance the taught experience of students. More recently this has included providing insight into future employment opportunities;
- Careers in Military Healthcare are advertised to students during the Annual Health Careers Fayre;
- The Sidney de Haan Centre for Arts and Health has undertaken an evaluation of the Military Wives Choir.
Since signing the Armed Forces Covenant in October 2017, research has been undertaken with reservists at Christ Church to gain a greater insight into how the University can support this important community. It has shown that Christ Church has reservists across all areas of defence - Army, Navy and Air Force - and in the employed and student community.