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

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Professor Anna Lawson, Director of @CDSLeeds, honours NADSN by becoming our FIRST Patron!

Professor Anna Lawson profile picture

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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