30 Jan 2019: Talking to Wellcome


Talking to the Wellcome

Wednesday 30th January 2019

The Wellcome invited Maria Niedernhuber and Dr Hamied Haroon, as representatives of Chronically Academic and NADSN, respectively, to speak at a special event on “Disability and health: How can we create a more inclusive research environment?” They were asked to share insights on the barriers that people who are disabled and/or live with chronic health conditions currently face to building a career in research and what Wellcome can do to create an inclusive research environment. Nicole Brown was also invited to speak although she was unable to attend in person.

This event was held at the Wellcome in London on 30th January 2019, generously organised by Gemma Tracey (Programme Manager for Science & Research) and Charlotte Hussey (Project Officer), in Wellcome’s Diversity & Inclusion Team. The event was expertly chaired by Eleanor Osmond, Chair of Wellcome’s Disability Interest Group.

We are happy to share the materials we presented here:

We look forward to building on this relationship with Wellcome and together developing strategies for improving access and support for disabled academics and researchers and academic-related professionals.

On 22nd February 2019, EDIS (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Health) posted this on Twitter:

This demonstrates the positive impact that our presentations had on Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar, the Director of Wellcome, himself! 🙂



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December 3rd is the UN’s International Day of Disabled People. To celebrate this significant day, we have partnered with PurpleSpace to mark the occasion with #PurpleLightUp, a vibrant global movement using the colour purple, which is emblematic of disability, celebrates and draws attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million Disabled employees around the world, and we’re inviting you and your organisation to take part.

Why join in?

Taking part in #PurpleLightUp gives you and your organisation the opportunity to:

  1. Jointly celebrate ‘purple talent’ and human potential.
  2. Show commitment to disability inclusion and accessibility.
  3. Raise the profile of your staff networks and the work that they’re doing.

Taking part is easy. From sharing the #PurpleLightUp hashtag, to lighting up your organisation in purple, there are countless ways to mark the occasion. Perhaps highlight the achievements of Disabled role models in your organisation, or join us as we take part in PurpleSpace’s 24-hour #PurpleLightUp global broadcast, or share some of the successes of your staff networks on social media, or explore any of the other great ideas listed in the official #PurpleLightUp booklet. Whatever you do, let’s make sure we shine a (purple) light on the value of Disabled employees and everything we’ve achieved.

We are stronger when we work together.

NADSN is proud to be supporting PurpleSpace in this great initiative. We’ve seen first-hand the power of staff networks to create meaningful change for Disabled employees as we work towards inclusion and accessibility in all areas of life. The hard work and dedication of our networks should not go unnoticed. So, let’s come together to celebrate all that’s been achieved and make our contributions visible all over the world.

And don’t forget, NADSN is also on hand to offer advice and support for starting or growing your staff network as you move from strength to strength in ensuring inclusion for Disabled people in your organisation. We are stronger when we work together. So, let’s do this!

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