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June 12th 2017

The University of Northampton supports Armed Forces Personnel

The University of Northampton sign the AFC Professor Simon Denny from the University and Lieutenant Colonel David Dawber

Professor Simon Denny from the University and Lieutenant Colonel David Dawber signing the Armed Forces Covenant

The University of Northampton has signed the Armed Forces Covenant promising to supports its employees who are currently serving as reservists or have previously completed a full-time military career.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

An event took place on the University’s Park Campus in which the covenant was signed by Professor Simon Denny from the University and Lieutenant Colonel David Dawber on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Five educational institutions have currently signed the Armed Forces Covenant across the East Midlands including universities, colleges and schools.

Within the covenant the university has pledged to:

  • Promote the fact that they are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation, proud to have signed the Covenant;
  • Seek to support the employment of veterans and working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service leavers;
  • Strive to support the employment of Service spouses and partners;
  • Strive to provide work-placements for Service leavers to enable them to learn more about working in the civilian world;
  • Endeavour to offer a degree of flexibility in granting  leave for employees who are Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment;
  • Seek to support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible;
  • Seek to support employees who choose to be volunteer leaders in military cadet organisations;
  • Aim to participate actively in Armed Forces Day;
  • Offer discounts for educational and training programmes to members of the Armed Forces Community;
  • Offer discounts for research projects to Armed Forces clients.

John Wilson, the MOD’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “We are delighted that the University has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, joining thousands of public and private organisations across the country who understand the benefits of employing both reservists and ex-service personnel.”

Professor Simon Denny, Executive Dean: Research, Impact and Enterprise at the University of Northampton, who signed the Covenant on behalf of the University, said: “The University of Northampton is delighted to announce that it has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant. This is an important statement of our commitment and support to our Armed Forces, both regular and reserve, and to ex-service personnel and their families.

“We have always supported the Military in this University. We had a Captain in the Army doing his MBA by distance learning during the last Gulf War and we made all the arrangements necessary to ensure he could complete his studies successfully. We are affiliated to the Officer Training Corps (Army) and the University Royal Naval Unit, and we have applied to be affiliated to the University Air Squadron.

“These University Service Units give our students fantastic opportunities to develop new skills and gain leadership qualifications, enjoy unique experiences with the Army, Navy or Air Force, and get paid while they are doing it.

“We are currently one year in to a four-year research project studying the social impact of the Cadet Forces, which is producing results that the Ministry of Defence is very excited about. In addition, Dr Mils Hills in the Faculty of Business and Law is an expert consultant to the Military. Signing the Covenant is important as it makes clear that we are serious about supporting the UK’s Armed Forces.”

To find out more about signing the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk

“We are delighted that the University has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, joining thousands of public and private organisations across the country who understand the benefits of employing both reservists and ex-service personnel.”