06 Oct 2015 NADSN at the PurpleSpace Launch Party

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NADSN at the PurpleSpace Launch Party

Tuesday 6th October 2015


Kate Nash OBE very kindly invited members of the NADSN Founding Steering Group to attend the Launch Party for the new PurpleSpace initiative. This took place on the evening of Tuesday 6th October 2015 in central London. A press release about this launch is now available here.

PurpleSpace is a new online support and learning hub for disability network leaders and employees. The resource is being created by Kate Nash Associates and supported by organisations across the public and private sector. It will provide a focal point for sharing best practice in the delivery of networks as vibrant vehicles for organisational change.

PurpleSpace will showcase the often unseen talent heading up networks across the employers’ community. Their work is making it easier for people to bring their authentic selves to work, ask for the adjustments they need and flourish in their chosen career.

The on-line platform will be unveiled at this party and In The Chair, launched. This new publication is about how to create a successful in-house disability network. It features top tips for running powerful networks from some of the most successful in-house change agents in the UK.

NADSN is very excited to be part of PurpleSpace. The following members of the NADSN Founding Steering Group will be attending this event:

  • Dr Hamied Haroon – Founder & Convenor, NADSN – Co-Chair, Disabled Staff Network, The University of Manchester
  • Jacquie Nicholson – Convenor, Disabled Staff Network, University of Edinburgh
  • Linda Robson – Co-Chair, EnablingStaff@OU, The Open University
  • Melanie Sharpe – Co-Chair, Disabled Staff Network, The University of Manchester
  • Mona Patel – E&D Advisor, Disabled Staff Forum, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Nicola Martin – Director, NADP – Principal Lecturer, London South Bank University
  • Paul Bepey – Chair, BBC Ability, British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Stuart Moore – Advisor, AHEAD, Health Education England

The PurpleSpace Launch Party will follow the second meeting of the NADSN Founding Steering Group

  • Time: 3pm – 5pm
  • Venue: Russell Square, London

Steering group members are warmly invited to attend this meeting, and will be contacted directly with details.


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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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