13 Jul 2018 NADSN Conference London


NADSN Conference at University College London

Friday 13th July 2018

The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN) and University College London‘s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team and Enable@UCL have collaborated to proudly present a one-day national conference for NADSN

  • Main Conference timing: 9:00am – 5:00pm
    • followed by a drinks reception until 6:00pm
  • Venue: University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, Fitzrovia, London, WC1E 7HB
  • Languages: English (with live captioning) and British Sign Language
  • Twitter:   @nadsn_uk    #NADSN2018xUCL

The theme of this Conference is on promoting and ensuring the equality of disabled staff in the higher and further education sector


REGISTRATION is required! Please book your FREE TICKET on EVENTBRITE 

*** Registration is now CLOSED ***



GDPR STATEMENT from UCL on live-streaming of this Conference: as a Word docx

An unedited video recording of the Main Conference LIVE-STREAMING is available here (and on UCLTV YouTube Live):

** An edited version of the video recording will be available soon **

Unedited transcripts of the LIVE CAPTIONING are available here:


  • 10:00   Dr Hamied Haroon (Chair, NADSN): “Welcome!” | PowerPoint pptx
  • 10:10   Rex Knight (Vice Provost (Operations) & Disability Champion, UCL): “Welcome from UCL!” | PowerPoint pptx
  • 10:20   Patrick Johnson (Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, The University of Manchester): “Charter Marks in HE – where is disability?” | PowerPoint pptx
  • 11:00   Jane Cordell and Hormoz Ahmadzadeh (Directors, Result CIC): “Equality and quality: discovering, becoming and being fully yourself” | PowerPoint pptx
  • 11:40   Nicole Brown (Lecturer & Academic Head of Learning and Teaching, UCL Institute of Education): “How accessible is academia?” | PowerPoint pptx
  • 13:20   Dr Christine Rivers (Lead for Equality and Health Inequalities Team, NHS England), Sue Bott CBE (Deputy CEO, Disability Rights UK) and Vikki Albarraque (Chair, Lived Experience Network, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust): “Sustaining Effective Disabled Staff Networks” | PowerPoint pptx
  • 14:00   Debate on “the value of a charter mark or standard for disability equality” – Moderator: Mike Higgins (ED&I Manager, UCL), Proponent: Diane Lightfoot (CEO, Business Disability Forum), Opponent: Dr Tim Levine (Friend of Enable, UCL) | Mike’s PowerPoint pptx | Diane’s PowerPoint pptx | Tim’s PowerPoint pptx | Warm-up Questions PowerPoint pptx
  • 15:30   KEYNOTE SPEECHProfessor Anna Lawson (Professor of Law & Director, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds): “Equality and Inclusion for Disabled People after Brexit: Taking Stock and Looking Forward” | PowerPoint pptx

To download all PowerPoint slides in a zip file CLICK HERE


This Conference is supported by the Business Disability Forum (BDF) and generously sponsored by six of their corporate members: SignVideo | LexAble | DnA | Sonocent | iansyst | Nuance

Live remote captioning is provided by 121 Captions

*** IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please be aware that on the day of this Conference (13th July) there will be a large anti-Trump demonstration taking place in London and in other locations across the country. Whilst this should not prevent anyone from travelling to the Conference venue, the demonstration will likely have an impact across central London and commuting into and around the City may be busier than usual. Please allow yourself ample time to travel to the venue. Further details about the demonstration can be found here. ***

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

Please see the Eventbrite page for further details. The presentations will be filmed and live-streamed.

If you have any queries, please contact the Conference organisers at UCL by emailing nadsnconference@ucl.ac.uk

This conference will include the second 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 Mike Higgins and colleagues at University College London, Stuart Moore at Health Education England, Jacquie Nicholson at the University of Aberdeen and Hamied Haroon at The University of Manchester

Recent Posts

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


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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