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


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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