20 Jun 2019 NADSN & LGBT+ NoN Intersectionality Conference Manchester

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NADSN & LGBT+ NoN 1st Joint National Intersectionality Conference in Manchester

Thursday 20th June 2019

For the first time, the National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN) and the LGBT+ Network of Networks in Higher Education (LGBT+ NoN) are collaborating closely together, with support from the The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, to proudly present a joint one-day national conference on the theme of intersectionality of disability, sexuality and gender identity and other identities:

“Unearthing the hidden voices: intersectionalities in higher education”

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME and Keynote Speaker Profiles: as a Word docx


  1. Delegate Joining Instructions: as a Word docx
  2. Guidance for attendees: as a Word docx | as a PDF
  3. Access Guide for the venue: as a PDF
  4. GDPR Statement: as a Word docx

Although the focus of this conference is on the higher education sector it is open to colleagues from any sector (public, private, social or voluntary) who have an interest in intersectionality. Registration will be free via an Eventbrite page which will go online in early May 2019. We are planning to welcome around 150 delegates to this event and aim to meet the highest standards in accessibility and inclusivity.

This one-day conference will include plenary sessions with keynote speeches, breakout workshops, interactive poster exhibition, and exhibition stands by sponsors and supporting organisations.



Tweets from the Day: curated by Lykara Ryder on Wakelet


Unedited transcript of the Plenary Sessions LIVE CAPTIONING provided by Ai Media: as a Word docx

  • 10:00: Welcome by Dr Hamied Haroon (Chair of NADSN) & Dr Sammy Li (Chair of LGBT+ NoN): Welcome slides as PowerPoint pptx
  • 10:25: Opening Address by Professor Anna Lawson (Patron of NADSN): Anna’s video message via YouTube:

  • 10:30: Plenary Session 1: Keynote Speech by David Ruebain: “Identity, Construction and Choice: What it means to be “out” and how we view and present ourselves”: David’s slides as PowerPoint pptx | Video of David’s speech via YouTube:

  • 13:00: Plenary Session 2: Keynote Speech by Dr Fiona A Kumari Campbell: “Intersectionality: A Gifted Contribution to University Life and Leadership”: Fiona’s slides as PowerPoint pptx | Video of Fiona’s speech via YouTube:

  • 15:30: Plenary Session 4: Keynote Speech, Closing Remarks and Conclusions by Stuart McKenna: “Examining the intersection between Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity and Mental Health”: Stuart’s slides as PowerPoint pptx | Video of Stuart’s speech via YouTube:


There were two breakout workshop sessions during the day, one in the morning (11:00 – 12:00) and one in the afternoon (13:30 – 14:30). Multiple different workshops ran in parallel during each session. Workshops were not video or audio recorded. Due to unfortunate technical issues, remote live captioning did not work well in the workshops and therefore the transcripts are not useful to share.

Morning Breakout Workshops (11:00 – 12:00) – three running in parallel:

Afternoon Breakout Workshops (13:30 – 14:30) – four running in parallel:



The following groups and organisations held exhibition stands at the conference:



We are indebted to our generous sponsors for making this conference possible: Wellcome Trust, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Ai Media

Sponsor logos

Logos of our Conference Sponsors: Wellcome Trust, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Ai Media



Liz Sayce OBE, ex-CEO of Disability Rights UK, sent us this fantastic video message especially for this conference! (Unfortunately, Liz was unable to join us in person.)

Speech-to-text transcript of the video: as a Word docx


CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS (** deadline: Friday 12th April 2019 **)

The Conference Planning Group (members listed below) is delighted to invite proposals for workshops and posters on:

  • Exploring and addressing the added barriers that we face at the intersection of our multiple identities, including one or more of disability, sexuality and/or gender identity.
  • Examining how good practice in intersectional equality, diversity and inclusion can be promoted and embedded for us as members of staff in higher education.

We are interested in proposals from people with lived experiences, scholars and practitioners from both within our sector and beyond. We are keen to learn about the experiences of intersectionality on the individual, organisational and societal levels.

Please submit your proposal by Friday 12th April 2019 at 12:00noon (British Summer Time):

1) Written format:

  • Save as a Microsoft Word document.
  • One A4 page in length; in English; Arial font type and minimum font size 12.
  • Suggested structure:
    • Proposal Title.
    • Names of Authors or Facilitators, Affiliations, and Contact Details.
    • Synopsis of Proposal: maximum of 250 words, up to two figures (optional) and up to three references (optional).
    • Is this Proposal for a Workshop or a Poster?
    • If this Proposal is for a Workshop, could it be assigned as a Poster if necessary?
  • Send by email attachment to uk.nadsn@gmail.com by Friday 12th April 2019 at 12:00noon.

2) Audio or Video format:

  • Save in a common file format for audio or video recordings on Microsoft Windows and upload to Dropbox or another online file-sharing service, or make available (privately) on YouTube or Vimeo.
  • An audio or video recording of up to two minutes, in English or British Sign Language (BSL).
  • Suggested structure:
    • Proposal Title.
    • Names of Authors or Facilitators, Affiliations, and Contact Details.
    • Synopsis of Proposal: up to five figures (optional) and up to three references (optional).
    • Is this Proposal for a Workshop or a Poster?
    • If this Proposal is for a Workshop, could it be assigned as a Poster if necessary?
  • Send a hyperlink to your uploaded audio/video file or YouTube video by email to uk.nadsn@gmail.com by Friday 12th April 2019 at 12:00noon.

The Proposals received will be assessed by the Conference Planning Group, who will decide which Proposals will be accepted, and which of those will be assigned as Workshops and which as Posters. Authors and Facilitators will be notified of the Group’s decisions by Tuesday 30th April 2019.

Accepted Proposals will be invited to submit papers or video recordings for inclusion in the first ever issue of the NADSN Review, which will be online and fully open access to a worldwide audience. Guidelines on these submissions will be provided by the NADSN Review Editorial Board in due course.

The full Programme for the Conference will be published here on or shortly after 30th April 2019, when registration on Eventbrite will also open.

If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact us on uk.nadsn@gmail.com

We very much look forward to receiving your contributions. Please circulate this among your networks, colleagues and contacts.

Conference Planning Group

  • Representing the National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN):
    • Dr Hamied Haroon (Chair) | Jacqueline Nicholson (Vice Chair) | Stuart Moore (Vice Chair) | Dr Jonathan Levitt (Engagement Lead)
  • Representing the LGBT+ Network of Networks in Higher Education (LGBT+ NoN):
    • Dr Sammy Li (Chair) | Kevin Coutinho (Intersectionality Lead, and also Vice Chair of the Higher Education Race Action Group)
  • Representing The University of Manchester:
    • Patrick Johnson (Head of ED&I) | Paul Marks-Jones (ED&I Partner) | Veronique Rizzuto (ED&I Administrator) | Kirsty Hutchison and Sara Fernandez (Co-Chairs of the Disabled Staff Network) | Dr Suzanne Verstappen (Director for Social Responsibility in the School of Biological Sciences) | Ciara Wright (ED&I Project Officer in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health)
  • Representing Manchester Metropolitan University:
    • Mona Patel (E&D Specialist, and also NADSN Regional Co-Lead for North West England) | Lykara Ryder (Co-Chair of the Disabled Staff Forum, and also NADSN Regional Co-Lead for North West England) | Margaret Tullett MBE

If you have any queries, please contact the Conference Planning Group by emailing uk.nadsn@gmail.com

This conference will include a meeting of the NADSN Steering Committee

  • Time: 17:30 – 18:30
  • Venue: Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, 53 Bonsall Street, Manchester, M15 6GX

Steering Committee members are encouraged to attend this meeting and will be contacted directly with details.

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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