Supporting ex Service men and women of the Armed Forces
We are commited to ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged within the delivery of our services and policy making. We declared this publicly by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and were presented with a bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme in June 2016. We were then awarded a silver award in September 2017.
As part of this commitment we are working to ensure greater access to education and employment. We are developing pathways to degree-level qualifications in partnership with West Lothian College for those leaving Service, particularly from the lower ranks.
As an employer we support members of staff who have left Service or are current Reservists. This support includes a mentoring programme developed with SACRO to help with the broader transition from military to civilian life.
We also work with local schools to highlight that children of Service personnel can aspire to university education, and we support partners / spouses of those in Service with business start initiatives.
Training and research
We work with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver leadership training to our student community. This has proved successful through our links with the City of Edinburgh Universities Officer Training Corps and the 5 Military Intelligence Battalion.
Sociologist Dr Mandy Winterton's has had some of her research, which largely focuses on military populations, funded by the MoD, while Mental Health Professor Thanos Karatzias has spent his entire clinical and academic career working in the field of psychological trauma.