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

Recent Posts

COVID Post-Lockdown: Perspectives, Implications and Strategies for Disabled Staff – NADSN’s Position Paper


The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN) is a super-network that connects and represents disabled staff networks at organisations across the United Kingdom. NADSN exists as a collective platform to share experiences, develop good practice, and to examine challenges and opportunities for disabled people in the workplace. Focussed on the tertiary education sector, we also have membership from the NHS, public, private and third sector, undertaking a variety of occupational roles; all committed to equality, diversity and inclusion of disabled staff. Disabled staff form an integral part of the workforce in HE.

The paper entitled “COVID-19 Post-Lockdown: Perspectives, Implications and Strategies for Disabled Staff” was developed under very tight timelines as English universities are going back quicker than the other nations, by way of a national membership consultation and peer review by NADSN’s member networks.

NADSN has been very concerned about the development of national policy up to this time and for moving out of the COVID-19 lockdown stage as national policy has been silent in relation to disabled staff apart from in presenting a narrow, medicalised view. We have structured this paper within a social model of disability and the sentiments expressed in the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) in considering the current issues and setting out our 12 recommendations. This paper discusses NADSN’s observations about the lived experiences of Disabled people during COVID-19. Secondly, it moves to outline COVID-19 and the changing workplace. The paper then moves to a broad discussion concerning safe working practices and policies as we move out of lockdown and beyond.

Dr Hamied Haroon, Chair of NADSN said “this paper is a landmark contribution towards COVID-19 policy formation around university and staff arrangements particularly for disabled staff employed in universities across the UK. NADSN has pulled together the voices, observations and recommendations of disabled employees throughout the country. We are an integral part of the working life and communities in universities across the country, this paper will ensure that we are no longer an afterthought in promoting diverse workforces in higher education.”

COVID-19 Post-Lockdown: Perspectives, Implications and Strategies for Disabled Staff” can be found on Google Docs here.

The Paper is also available as a Word docx and a PDF.

For Further Details

Email: uk.nadsn@gmail.com | Twitter: @nadsn_uk | Facebook: NatAssDSN | Web: nadsn-uk.org


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