03 Dec 2014 Dis-Ability Manchester

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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

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  • 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):

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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)

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

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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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