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.

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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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