03 Dec 2014 Dis-Ability Manchester


Dis-Ability Manchester: Breaking Barriers and Celebrating Ability

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

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Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and The University of Manchester (UoM) are proud to present a joint celebration of the UN-designated International Day of Disabled People 2014


  • Time: 12:30pm – 4pm
  • Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, off Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6LL

We cordially invite all of our Students, Members of Staff and Local Partner Organisations to celebrate the positive support and inspiration within Manchester!

This first-of-its-kind collaborative disability event involves exhibition stands, workshops and inspirational speakers

This event will be followed by a prize-winning University Challenge Quiz organised and hosted by The Union MMU

There will be four teams: MMU Staff, UoM Staff, MMU Students, UoM Students

We invite a packed and lively audience to participate and support the Quiz!

POSTER (please note that the correct timing for the Staff Vs Students University Challenge Quiz is 4.30pm – 6pm)

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The Event Steering Group:

  • Sanaa Amir – Widening Participation Intern, MMU
  • Dennis Bourne – Ex E&D Assistant, MMU
  • Anna Charles-Jones – Co-Chair, Disabled Staff Forum (DSF), MMU
  • Sarah-Beth Cooper – Community Officer, The Union, MMU
  • Hamied Haroon – Co-Chair, Disabled Staff Network (DSN), UoM
  • Amarpreet Kaur – Chair, Time to Change Society, MMU
  • Lydia Lancaster – E&D Assistant, MMU
  • Rebecca Lawthom – Professor of Community Psychology, MMU
  • Paul Marks-Jones – E&D Advisor, UoM
  • Marina Matosic – Member and Ex Co-Chair, DSF, MMU
  • Jess Napthine – Faculty Programmes Administrator, MMU
  • Mona Patel – E&D Advisor, MMU
  • Melanie Sharpe – Co-Chair, DSN, UoM

Here are a few photos of the event (plenty more here):

IDDP 2014 birds eye view

A bird’s eye view of the opening session

IDDP 2014 Quiz Students

The Student Teams on the IDDP Quiz: MMU (left) and UoM (right)

IDDP 2014 SG

Some members of the Steering Group: (from left to right, back to front) Prof Rebecca Lawthom (MMU), Jess Napthine (MMU), Paul Marks-Jones (UoM), Marina Matosic (MMU), Melanie Sharpe (UoM), Mona Patel (MMU), Dr Hamied Haroon (UoM) & Anna Charles-Jones (MMU)

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NADSN to partner with Prof Kate Sang on EPSRC-funded “Disability Inclusive Science Careers” Project


NADSN (@nadsn_uk) is delighted to be a partner with Professor Gareth Pender (@garrypender) and Professor Kate Sang (@katesang) at Heriot Watt University in an innovative project: Disability Inclusive Science Careers (DISC). This is an exciting project funded by the EPSRC (@EPSRC) via the Inclusion Matters call and we will be collaborating closely bringing the experiences of our members and contributing to each stage. Our own experiences suggest that the DISC project has the potential to effect positive change in academics’ working conditions in the sciences and possibly beyond.

Professor Sang presented her earlier research into Disability and Academic Careers at NADSN’s 3rd Annual Conference in 2017 at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Hamied Haroon, Chair of NADSN, stated: “Kate’s work and findings connected all of us emotionally.” Accessibility for disabled University staff, as Kate’s research showed, is about workplace relationships as well as car parking, it’s about inaccessible lecture theatres, lack of opportunities for promotion and the pressures faced by disabled staff in a competitive environment. Jacquie Nicholson, Vice Chair of NADSN and Regional Lead for Scotland, commented: “NADSN is delighted that this exciting project is highlighting disabled University staff in science careers and we look forward to contributing to positive change.”

Founded in 2016, NADSN is a super-network that connects and represents disabled staff networks. We are a collective platform to share experiences and good practice, and examine challenges and opportunities, focussed on the tertiary education sector but open to any individual and organisation with an interest in the equality of disabled staff https://nadsn-uk.org/news/

For any enquiries related to this press release, please contact Jacquie Nicholson at the University of Aberdeen: jacqueline.nicholson@abdn.ac.uk

An article can also be found in the Times Higher Education: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/minority-scientists-mentor-senior-professors-equality-drive

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