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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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

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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