Representative Council for Staff with Disabilities

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Legal Basis

The Representatives for Staff With Disabilities of RWTH, or SBV for short, is the elected representative body for the interests of severely disabled employees and those with health impairments of equivalent status.

The representative and their deputies represent the interests of employees with a severe disability and are on hand to assist and advise them. However, the SBV also supports all employees who are not classified as severely disabled, yet have health impairments.

The legal basis for this is Social Code (SGB) IX.

Any issues discussed with the Representatives for Disabled Staff are subject to confidentiality.



+49 241 80 94172



Guiding Principles

  • Respectful encounters and tolerance
  • Strengthening inclusion
  • Accessibility guide
  • Reduction of conditions that are detrimental to health

Key Responsibilities

  • Advice and assistance with the application for determining a disability and for amendments
  • Applications for equivalence with a disabled person pursuant to § 2 (3) SGB IX
  • Assistance in appeal proceedings
  • Assistance and advice during recruitment procedures, provided that disabled persons or those with equivalent status have applied. SBC ensures that the selection process is free of discrimination
  • Advice on equipping workplaces so they are suitable for employees with a disability
  • Meeting support and advice for problems at the workplace

We Collaborate With

  • the Staff Council and the Staff Council for Academic Staff, or Prwiss for short
  • employer representatives
  • the University Medical Center
  • the BEM - The Operational Re-Integration Management unit
  • the BGM - Occupational Health Management
  • the Inclusive Education Officers (BIS)
  • all other internal RWTH institutions, such as IGaD (Integration Team - Human Resources, Gender and Diversity Management) and working groups
  • rehabilitation agencies (Employment Agency, Integration Office, LVR...)


Name Contact
Vertrauensperson der schwerbehinderten Menschen
Bettina Merlotte
Phone: +49 241 80 94173

Geschäftszimmer der SBV ( oder 0241 80 94172)
Bianca NguyenPhone: +49 241 80 94304

Andra Jacobi
Phone: +49 241 80 24595

Stellvertreter*innen in der Schwerbehindertenvertretung
Dominik Frantzen
Phone: +49 241 80 94172

Petra Purwin
Phone: +49 241 80 94176

Dipl.-Ing. Annette de Haes
Phone: +49 241 80 94175

Christof Kulka
Phone: +49 241 80 94014

Michael Lahaye
Phone: +49 241 80 94172

Birgit Fischer
Phone: +49 241 80 94172