03 Nov 2016 Lord Morris of Manchester Memorial Lecture Event

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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

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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

NADSN Black Lives Matter Statement

The tragic killing of George Floyd and others in the USA[1] along with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement serves to remind us that there are continued inequalities and fundamental differences that exist within our society.  Differences which are not acceptable.

The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN) stands in solidarity with the BLM movement in speaking out against racial injustices and inequalities faced by our communities in the UK and beyond[2].

The pandemic has served to highlight further racial disparities in the UK. Death rates from COVID-19 were higher for Black and Asian ethnic groups when compared to White ethnic groups. This disproportionate impact is multiplied for Disabled Black and Asian people. The Public Health England Report found that structural racism plays a part.

“Together We Can – and Will – Transform”.[3]

Our purpose as a super-network remains vital.  As members, we seek to inspire support and success.  As a community, we share our opinions, values, culture and best practice and deepen our understanding of each other, our world and how we can have a positive impact. At this challenging time, we urge all our members to look out for each other and empower one another. When we work in collaboration, we can achieve great change.

Ableism Has Much in Common with Racism.

We understand that ableism and racism are not equivalent.  However, the experiences of ethnic minorities and Disabled people have some similarities. Disabled people regularly face systemic and institutional discrimination within society, education, work, and healthcare settings. We have been pitied, abused, excluded, stereotyped and met with disdain and platitudes. Disabled people have been underrepresented and misrepresented in entertainment and media. Our narratives and achievements have been appropriated and used as inspiration for non-disabled people. These forms of barriers are compounded for Disabled people from ethnic minority backgrounds, particularly those of us with a mental health condition or those of us who are neurodiverse.

Our Work.

Throughout our work, we strive to embed an intersectional understanding and approach. In 2019, we co-hosted a National Intersectionality Conference with the LGBT+ Network of Networks in Higher Education. We also appointed an Intersectionality Lead and two Intersectionality Partners onto our diverse Steering Committee. We will continue to work to better understand the inequalities and barriers Disabled people from ethnic minorities face and work to challenge and combat these. We will continue to work in partnership to support all members of our community, as well as seeking to set an example for others.

We strive to be a part of the solution.


[1] The wave of protests in the USA over the killing of George Floyd are the outbursts of anger and injustice that have erupted after the deaths of many other black Americans whilst in police custody. Data: US ‘Mapping Police Violence’ – https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/ and in the UK since 1990, 184 people from ethnic minorities have died as a result of police actions (20 due to police shootings and 164 in custody).  https://www.inquest.org.uk/bame-deaths-in-police-custody

[2]Many of the Black people killed by police are disabled. Inquest notes that ethnic minorities were twice as likely to die after restraint or use of force, and twice as likely to die if they had a mental health condition. https://rudermanfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/MediaStudy-PoliceDisability_final-final.pdf

[3] Slogan: “Together we can – and will – transform” – https://blacklivesmatter.com/


This paper is also available as a Word docx and PDF.


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