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 Black Lives Matter Statement

The tragic killing of George Floyd and others in the USA[1] along with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement serves to remind us that there are continued inequalities and fundamental differences that exist within our society.  Differences which are not acceptable.

The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN) stands in solidarity with the BLM movement in speaking out against racial injustices and inequalities faced by our communities in the UK and beyond[2].

The pandemic has served to highlight further racial disparities in the UK. Death rates from COVID-19 were higher for Black and Asian ethnic groups when compared to White ethnic groups. This disproportionate impact is multiplied for Disabled Black and Asian people. The Public Health England Report found that structural racism plays a part.

“Together We Can – and Will – Transform”.[3]

Our purpose as a super-network remains vital.  As members, we seek to inspire support and success.  As a community, we share our opinions, values, culture and best practice and deepen our understanding of each other, our world and how we can have a positive impact. At this challenging time, we urge all our members to look out for each other and empower one another. When we work in collaboration, we can achieve great change.

Ableism Has Much in Common with Racism.

We understand that ableism and racism are not equivalent.  However, the experiences of ethnic minorities and Disabled people have some similarities. Disabled people regularly face systemic and institutional discrimination within society, education, work, and healthcare settings. We have been pitied, abused, excluded, stereotyped and met with disdain and platitudes. Disabled people have been underrepresented and misrepresented in entertainment and media. Our narratives and achievements have been appropriated and used as inspiration for non-disabled people. These forms of barriers are compounded for Disabled people from ethnic minority backgrounds, particularly those of us with a mental health condition or those of us who are neurodiverse.

Our Work.

Throughout our work, we strive to embed an intersectional understanding and approach. In 2019, we co-hosted a National Intersectionality Conference with the LGBT+ Network of Networks in Higher Education. We also appointed an Intersectionality Lead and two Intersectionality Partners onto our diverse Steering Committee. We will continue to work to better understand the inequalities and barriers Disabled people from ethnic minorities face and work to challenge and combat these. We will continue to work in partnership to support all members of our community, as well as seeking to set an example for others.

We strive to be a part of the solution.

[1] The wave of protests in the USA over the killing of George Floyd are the outbursts of anger and injustice that have erupted after the deaths of many other black Americans whilst in police custody. Data: US ‘Mapping Police Violence’ – https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/ and in the UK since 1990, 184 people from ethnic minorities have died as a result of police actions (20 due to police shootings and 164 in custody).  https://www.inquest.org.uk/bame-deaths-in-police-custody

[2]Many of the Black people killed by police are disabled. Inquest notes that ethnic minorities were twice as likely to die after restraint or use of force, and twice as likely to die if they had a mental health condition. https://rudermanfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/MediaStudy-PoliceDisability_final-final.pdf

[3] Slogan: “Together we can – and will – transform” – https://blacklivesmatter.com/

This paper is also available as a Word docx and PDF.

For Further Details

Email: uk.nadsn@gmail.com | Twitter: @nadsn_uk | Facebook: NatAssDSN | Web: nadsn-uk.org

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