WAWH Manchester June 2014

The “What Are We Hiding?” National Conference was held at The University of Manchester, in the Alan Turing Building, on Friday 6th June 2014. This was organised and hosted by The University of Manchester’s Disabled Staff Network.

Please see the Programme and Session Details.

The Live Remote Captioning Transcripts, the PowerPoint slides that some of the session speakers/facilitators have very kindly allowed us to share, and a video, can be downloaded as follows:

  • Opening Session: Welcome – Prof Clive Agnew | Transcript
  • Session A) Mental Health Foundation: Speakers’ Bureau – Andrew Voyce | Slides | Transcript
  • Session B) Department for Work and Pensions: Access to Work – John Beasley | Slides | Transcript
  • Session C) National Union of Students – James Elliott
  • Session D) National Autistic Society – Lyndsey Draper | Slides | Transcript
  • Session E) Bipolar UK – Fiona Cooper | Slides | Transcript
  • Session F) Mindfulness Meditation – Mary Walsh | Transcript
  • Session G) Disabled Staff Networks – Hamied Haroon & Anna Charles-Jones | Slides: UoM DSN, MMU Fora, NADSN Proposals | Transcript
  • Session H) Stroke Association – Clare Roberts & a stroke survivor | Slides | Transcript
  • Session I) Institute of Mental Health – Karen Machin | Slides | Transcript
  • Session K) mADDchester – David Powell | Transcript
  • Session L) George House Trust – HIV Positive Speaker | Transcript
  • Concluding Session: Keynote Speaker – Tom McAlpine OBE | Transcript | Video

Copyright of the slides belongs to the authors. Live Remote Captioning and Transcripts were provided by AI Media UK.

If you have any queries about this conference, please contact Melanie Sharpe, Co-Chair of the Disabled Staff Network and Chair of its Conference Steering Group, at The University of Manchester. An internal report by The University of Manchester can be found here.

This conference was proudly sponsored by AI Media UK and Osmond Ergonomics.


*** AWARD WINNING ***

The University of Manchester held its first ever Social Responsibility Making A Difference Awards on 7th May 2015. Melanie Sharpe and Hamied Haroon were nominated by the Equality & Diversity Committee in the University’s Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences for “organising and hosting” this Conference! To their utter shock, and against all the odds, Melanie and Hamied WON the Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity (Staff)“!!! A video describing this award is available on YouTube here, and a full list of Award winners and highly commended can be found here. Thanks to everyone for making this Conference such an overwhelming success!!! There are some photos of the Award near the bottom of this page …


Here are some photos of the Conference taken by Chris Foster:

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Left to right: Clive Agnew, Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

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Left to right: Guy Osmond, Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

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Guy Osmond at the Osmond Ergonomics stand talking to a delegate

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Conference delegates taking a break in the atrium of the Alan Turing Building

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“Fly on the wall” view of organisers, exhibitors and delegates in the atrium

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One of the exhibitor stands at the Conference

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Conference delegates trying out The Manchester Museum’s Haptic Interactive

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Some of the Student Ambassadors from The University of Manchester who worked at the Conference

 

Here are some photos of the Making A Difference Award WON by Melanie Sharpe and Hamied Haroon on 7th May 2015:

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Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell (President & Vice Chancellor of The University of Manchester) presenting the Making A Difference Award to Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

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The Making A Difference Award and Certificate presented to Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

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The Making A Difference Award Certificate presented to Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

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The Making A Difference Award presented to Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe

 

 

Recent Posts

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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