17 Mar 2017 NADSN Conference Edinburgh


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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Professor Anna Lawson, Director of @CDSLeeds, honours NADSN by becoming our FIRST Patron!

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NADSN (@nadsn_uk) is thrilled to announce that the wonderful Professor Anna Lawson has accepted the Steering Committee’s recent invitation to take on a brand new role as the first Patron of NADSN!

Anna is professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies (@CDSLeeds) at the University of Leeds. Anna was our esteemed keynote speaker at this year’s NADSN Annual Conference at UCL and recorded a powerful VLOG in support of #PurpleLightUp as our senior champion!

Our Terms of Reference stipulate that our Patron will be well-known and respected in the disability field. Anna’s tireless campaigning on disability rights, the respect she has earned as an eminent academic and lawyer on the international stage, being the director of a world-class university centre on disability studies, and being an influential leader with lived experience, are just some of the qualities that make Anna the ideal candidate as our Patron. You can find out more about Anna on her profile page here.

We envisage that the role of the Patron would be to promote the aims of NADSN, provide credibility to our cause, raise awareness of the Association with people where it will count, offer guidance to the Chair and the Steering Committee, and be prepared to support occasional ‘high profile’ events.

We are deeply honoured that Anna has taken on this role and we very much look forward to working with her.

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