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Disabled Staff Network

Providing a voice within the University for Disability Equality

The Disabled staff network meet on a termly basis and is open to all members of staff at the University of Manchester who consider themselves to have an impairment or long term health/medical condition.
The aims of the group are:

  • To promote disability equality through active involvement and consultation on the University's plans, strategies, policies and guidance;
  • To provide the opportunity to share experiences about working at the University;
  • To work with the Equality and Diversity Team to develop effective solutions to any problems encountered;
  • To provide support, advice and guidance, or signposting, where appropriate;
  • To raise awareness around disability equality;
  • To work closely with other projects, initiatives, departments and organisations which raise awareness around disability equality.

The structure of Disabled Staff Network

  • Network to appoint a Chair and Secretary;
  • Liaison member from Equality and Diversity team to attend meetings and support the network;
  • Meetings 3-4 times a year plus any consultation and events throughout the year;
  • To keep an up-to-date intranet area for their network;
  • To organise one event per year;
  • Allocated budget of £500 per year.

Role Descriptions

The purpose of the role description is to give guidance to people who would like to become a member of the network group.

Network member

  • Time off to attend meetings during the working day.  This could be up to eight hours per year and agreed with line manager;
  • Help to develop aims and purpose of network;
  • Help to develop and implement an action plan for network;
  • Engage in consultation on related diversity policies and legislation;
  • Channelling of issues through network chair to the Equality and Diversity forum;
  • Helping to organise network specific events;
  • Able to offer peer support to colleagues.


  • Organise and Chair meetings and network events (with support from E&D team);
  • Point of contact for E&D team;
  • Budget holder;
  • Attend E&D forum meetings;
  • To seek resolutions/responses to questions and issues raised by network group.


To support the Chair by helping to organise meetings/agendas and taking the minutes as appropriate.

Further information

If you require further information or would like to join the network, please contact the Equality and Diversity Team at:

Alternatively you can contact the Chair of the Disabled Staff Network, Hamied Haroon at: