03 Mar & 25 May 2016: Westminster Briefing: Diversity, Inclusion and the Power of Staff Networks

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Westminster Briefing: Diversity, Inclusion & the Power of Staff Networks

Thursday 3rd March 2016 & Wednesday 25th May 2016


Westminster Briefing invited Melanie Sharpe and Hamied Haroon to attend a conference on “Diversity, Inclusion & the Power of Staff Networks” and talk about The University of Manchester‘s Disabled Staff Network. This event was scheduled to take place twice: first in central London on 3rd March and then in central Manchester on 25th May. Melanie and Hamied have been invited to present at both and will use the opportunity to advertise NADSN too!

From the briefing on 3rd March:

  • The programme is available (as a PDF file) here.
  • Westminster Briefing was happy to share the slides from the day’s presentations, which are available (as a PDF file) here.
  • The slides that Hamied and Melanie presented is available (as a MS PowerPoint file) here.

From the briefing on 25th May:

  • The programme is available (as a PDF file) here.
  • Westminster Briefing was happy to share the slides from the day’s presentations, which are available (as a Zip file of PDFs) here.
  • The slides that Hamied and Melanie presented is available (as a MS PowerPoint file) here.

Feel free to share these with your networks!


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

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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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