17 Mar 2017 NADSN Conference Edinburgh

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NADSN Conference at The University of Edinburgh

Friday 17th March 2017


The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN) and The University of Edinburgh‘s Disabled Staff Network have collaborated to proudly present a one-day national conference for NADSN

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This NADSN Conference, held for the first time in Scotland and hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s Disabled Staff Network, provides a great opportunity for disabled employees in Higher and Further Education, friends and supporters, HR Equality and Diversity teams to meet up and share ideas. With a focus on benchmarking, attendees will hear from inspiring speakers about current good practice and find out about new research into the experiences of disabled staff in the workplace.

There will be opportunities to chat with people who have extensive experience in growing networks and to be involved in new regional networks across the UK.

We are delighted to have as our key speakers:

Kate Nash Associates developed PurpleSpace which is the UK’s only learning, networking and professional development hub for disabled employees, employee network leaders and allies from all sectors and trades. PurpleSpace has a community of over 300 Disability Employee Networks (DEN) or Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and the estimated 850,000 disabled employees that they represent. Their 300 clients include Fujitsu, Barclays, EY, Metropolitan Police Service, Home Office, Thomson Reuters and RBS.

Bela Gor has over 20 years’ experience of all aspects of disability discrimination law and best practice. Bela has worked closely with BDF Partners in the financial, retail, broadcast media and health sectors and advises on a variety of subjects ranging from the law and reasonable adjustments in both employment and customer contexts to consumers in vulnerable situations and accessible technology and mental health. She is a lawyer who took some of the earliest cases under the then new Disability Discrimination Act 1995 while working for the Disability Law Service, a nationwide law centre for disabled people, and has since influenced the development of the legislation.

Stephanie Millar is a leading member of the ECU team working with universities and colleges in Scotland.

Dr Kate Sang has been funded by an EPSRC career acceleration grant to record the experiences of disabled academics in the physics and engineering fields. Dr Sang will share her early research findings with the conference.

We cordially invite all colleagues in higher and further education institutions across the UK, who are members of disabled staff networks or have an interest in disability, to attend this exciting event!


This conference will include the first meeting of the NADSN Steering Committee

Steering Committee members are encouraged to attend this meeting, and will be contacted directly with details.


This event has been organised by Jacquie Nicholson at The University of Edinburgh

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NADSN to partner with Prof Kate Sang on EPSRC-funded “Disability Inclusive Science Careers” Project

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NADSN (@nadsn_uk) is delighted to be a partner with Professor Gareth Pender (@garrypender) and Professor Kate Sang (@katesang) at Heriot Watt University in an innovative project: Disability Inclusive Science Careers (DISC). This is an exciting project funded by the EPSRC (@EPSRC) via the Inclusion Matters call and we will be collaborating closely bringing the experiences of our members and contributing to each stage. Our own experiences suggest that the DISC project has the potential to effect positive change in academics’ working conditions in the sciences and possibly beyond.

Professor Sang presented her earlier research into Disability and Academic Careers at NADSN’s 3rd Annual Conference in 2017 at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Hamied Haroon, Chair of NADSN, stated: “Kate’s work and findings connected all of us emotionally.” Accessibility for disabled University staff, as Kate’s research showed, is about workplace relationships as well as car parking, it’s about inaccessible lecture theatres, lack of opportunities for promotion and the pressures faced by disabled staff in a competitive environment. Jacquie Nicholson, Vice Chair of NADSN and Regional Lead for Scotland, commented: “NADSN is delighted that this exciting project is highlighting disabled University staff in science careers and we look forward to contributing to positive change.”

Founded in 2016, NADSN is a super-network that connects and represents disabled staff networks. We are a collective platform to share experiences and good practice, and examine challenges and opportunities, focussed on the tertiary education sector but open to any individual and organisation with an interest in the equality of disabled staff https://nadsn-uk.org/news/

For any enquiries related to this press release, please contact Jacquie Nicholson at the University of Aberdeen: jacqueline.nicholson@abdn.ac.uk

An article can also be found in the Times Higher Education: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/minority-scientists-mentor-senior-professors-equality-drive

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