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Disabled Staff Network Group

Disabled Staff Network Group

Disabled Staff Network Group

Providing a voice within the University for disability equality

The Disabled Staff Network meets 'officially' about 3 times a year and have a number of other informal get-togethers. 

This Network is open to all members of staff at the University of Manchester who consider themselves to have an impairment, cognitive difference, or long term health/medical condition, and to members of staff who have a specific interest in this area of work.


Charlene Linton and Kirsty Hutchison are the Co-Chairs of the DSN. They can be contacted on or directly.

Get Involved

The Network needs a social secretary. Could you take the lead on organising DSN social events? From casual 'coffee and a chat' drop-ins to our Christmas gathering the opportunities and options are many .... Please email if you can help.

Next Events

The Disabled Staff Network (DSN) in partnership with the School of Social Sciences warmly invite all staff to a livestream event: 

  • Ableism in Academia
  • 23rd March 2018, 10:00 - 15:00
  • G.108 in the Alan Turing Building

Attendees are welcome to attend parts of the programme which interests them. A light lunch will be served in the Alan Turing Foyer. During the lunch break there will be an optional informal discussion about what concrete actions Schools and The University might implement to reduce ableism.

Programme with further information

Network Meetings

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 23 April at 1pm – 2pm in the Simon Building Room 4.38. The last meeting was 4 December 2017. The meeting notes have been circulatedHowever if you have not received a copy of the notes but wish to, please email

All rooms used for our meetings are fully accessible.

Any agenda items for future meetings should be sent to 

Social Events

Up and coming social events for 2018 will be arranged soon. When they are, we will post the details on this page to let you know.


  • DSN member Dr Hamied Haroon will be speaking at the Annual Disability Lecture at the University of Cambridge on 23 March 2018.
  • The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN) has launched a quiz to help employees with impairments recognize discrimination at work and access relevant help and information. Find out more!
  • Hamied Haroon has a full page feature in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health's most recent social responsibility brochure on page 10 where he talks about his disability activism. 
  • Many thanks to Angela Crolla from the Student Development and Community Engagement Division. Angela has volunteered to be our Network Secretary. Thanks Angela!