03 Nov 2016 Lord Morris of Manchester Memorial Lecture Event


The Inaugural Lord Morris of Manchester Memorial Lecture Event

The University of Manchester

Thursday 3rd November 2016

The University of Manchester’s Disabled Staff Network (DSN) is very proud to present our first public lecture focussing on the rights and equality of disabled people, in honour of the late Alf Morris, Lord Morris of Manchester – the world’s first Minister for Disabled People!

The inaugural lecture will be delivered by the Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson


Join the conversation on social media using #LordMorrisMcrLecture and follow us @UoMDSN

The OFFICIAL BROCHURE can be downloaded here: PDF

This event was FILMED and live-streamed by The University of Manchester’s Media Services! Watch it here (photos are below):

The TRANSCRIPT of the live remote captioning by Ai Media can be downloaded here: Word (.docx)

After the event, Tanni BLOGGED for Policy@Manchester – read her blog online here

News articles about this event are now on the University’s StaffNet and Social Responsibility Newsletter

It happened first in Manchester: Lorraine Gradwell MBE has written an historic account of Alf Morris’s era and the height of the disability rights movement in Manchester, especially for this event! Read it here: Word (.docx)

Here are some photos from the evening, taken by Chris Foster:

In the run up to the event, The University of Manchester interviewed Lady Morris and Gill Morris (Alf’s widow and daughter), Mike Kane MP, and Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe (Co-Chairs of the University’s DSN). Watch the videos of these interviews on YouTube: Interview 1, Interview 2, Interview 3.

The FULL PROGRAMME AND DETAILS can be downloaded here: PowerPoint (.pptx) | PDF

A FLYER can be downloaded here: PDF

Tickets on sale for £1 each, plus an optional donation. This is a public lecture and we invite everyone with an interest in disability equality to attend! Donations will be passed on to a number of groups to help them take part in this event (e.g. Venture Arts, Seashell Trust, GMCDP).

Car Parking: Please come to the University’s Booth Street West Multi-storey Car Park D, which is accessed from Higher Cambridge Street – the Sat Nav postcode is M15 6AR. Please note that this car park closes at 11.59pm. Blue Badge parking is free: Please ask the Car Parking Attendant for Blue Badge parking and they will direct you to the Blue Badge bays around the Martin Harris Centre. There are additional Blue Badge spaces on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park should those bays become used. The telephone number for the Car Parking Attendant is 0161 275 2990. Parking without a Blue Badge is available in the multi-storey car park at the special price of £2.

This event is being promoted by the University’s Events page, Office for Social Responsibility and the MHC.

If you have any queries, please email us

Our University’s DSN has organised this event in close collaboration with

This event is generously and proudly sponsored by:

“We are delighted to be supporting the first Lord Morris Lecture in Manchester. For the past 15 years Randstad has been supporting students with disabilities in the UK to help ensure that they receive a richer educational and pastoral experience at university. Our work in student support began with the University of Manchester, and Randstad now works with over 28,000 students a year to help them achieve their full potential.” Victoria Short, Managing Director, Randstad Student Support

This event will be preceded by the fourth meeting of the NADSN Founding Steering Group

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

This event is being organised by Hamied Haroon and Melanie Sharpe at The University of Manchester

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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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