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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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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