HELPING the armed forces has brought the University of Chichester national recognition.
The university has been acknowledged by the Ministry of Defence for its commitment to supporting those who sign up to defend this country.
Military officials will present the institution with its employer recognition scheme silver award for its backing of reservists, cadets, instructors, veterans and families of service personnel.
The award will be given on a ceremony on HMS Victory in Portsmouth in September. It comes just six months after the university was given the MoD’s bronze decoration.
Deputy vice-chancellor Professor Catherine Harper said staff and students at the university were extremely proud to fly the flag in support of the nation’s serving men and women.
“It is an honour to be granted this prestigious award in testimony of our dedication and commitment to our armed forces who play an integral role in the safety of our country.
“The experience and loyalty that reservists and veterans bring to our institution, through leadership, team ethic and communication skills, is immense.
“The University of Chichester is always open to armed forces personnel who want to partner or study with us,” she said.
The MoD’s employer recognition scheme was launched in 2014 and rewards employers with bronze, silver and gold accolades for advocating support for the military.
The university was presented with the second tier award after it met specialist criteria and signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
The agreement shows its commitment to the men and women, and families, who have served and continue to serve their country.
They include the university’s employees who serve as reservists, such as Dr Sarah Needham-Black, pictured below, a communications operator with 71 (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment and research fellow at the university’s Institute of Sport.
She said: “Being a reservist has given me the opportunity to learn new skills, knowledge, and enhance my personal qualities, and now I feel more self-assured. The university is extremely supportive and I’ve been able to apply many of these skills in both my civilian and military careers.”
University director of human resources, Lissie Whitaker, said it was proud to have received the recognition.