University of Bolton pledges support to Armed Forces

Posted on Tuesday 14th February 2017

The Rt Hon Earl Howe, Minister of State of Defence, today visited (14 February 2017) the University of Bolton as it became the latest organisation to show its support through The Armed Forces Covenant.

Academics and military personnel were joined by the Deputy Leader of the House of Lords as the document was signed by university staff at its town centre campus.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. By signing, the University of Bolton has joined thousands of organisations from across the UK now publicly demonstrating their commitment to the Covenant through respect, support, and fair treatment.

At the heart of the Covenant is an acknowledgement that those who serve, Regular and Reserve, or who have served, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens.

Among the ways the University of Bolton will demonstrate its Covenant commitments are:

  • Guaranteed job interviews for suitably qualified Service leavers
  • Research in support of veterans, including mental health and prosthetics
  • Accessible courses for serving personnel, service leavers and their families
  • Support to employees who serve as Reservists

The Rt Hon Earl Howe, the Minister of State for Defence said: 'I am delighted that the University of Bolton is showing its support to our military family by joining the more than 1,000 businesses and organisations to have already signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

'Whilst the University will benefit hugely from the unique skills and experience military service brings, the practical pledges they have made today will also help serving personnel, veterans and their families to improve skills and find jobs.'

University and Armed Forces personnel at the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant

The University’s Assistant Vice Chancellor, Bill Webster, said: 'Today's signing of the Armed Forces Covenant is a significant moment for the University and shows our commitment and support to all aspects of the Armed Forces and their families.

'The event is a culmination of a wide variety of achievements over the last year including links to the Army Reserve and the 100 Year Anniversary of the Great War Award - focusing on ex service personnel and their families.

'We are also delighted to be supporting the Bolton Armed Forces Centre and we are particularly privileged today that Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords has attended and supported this event as keynote speaker.'

Colonel Phil Harrison, Commander the Army’s HQ North West, said: 'We at HQ NW are privileged to work closely with the University of Bolton. It is an organisation which has already committed fully to the spirit of The Armed Forces Covenant, and today’s ceremony strengthens the bonds already formed between us. We look forward to working ever more closely with staff and students here; whether it be through our life-saving ‘Heartstart’ courses, or through those who promote Reserve service among students.'

Among those attending the event were Imam Asim Hafiz, Islamic Religious Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff and Service Chiefs; Lt Col Martin Edwards, Commanding Officer of 3 Medical Regiment which has strong recruitment links with the University through its sports rehabilitation courses; and Major Brad Braddock, of 103 Regiment Royal Artillery which has an Army Reserve presence in Bolton.

The occasion also marked the opening of the Bolton Armed Forces Centre for Veterans which will bear the name of fallen Bolton soldier Kingsman Darren Deady.

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