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Disabled Staff Network Group

Disabled Staff Network Group

Disabled Staff Network Group

In line with the UK Government’s latest advice about coronavirus and in common with many other Universities, the Disability Advisory and Support Service and University of Manchester Assessment Centre teams are currently working from home. 

We are continuing to carry out appointments via video /phone, will be picking up and responding to voicemail messages and will continue to answer emails. However, we won’t be in the office to receive post. so please do scan/take a photo of any paperwork instead and email to
If you need to book an appointment – please call 0161 275 7512 and leave a voicemail request.  We’ll call you back as soon as we can to make arrangements.  If you are unable to use the phone for disability-related reasons, please just let us know. 

The University’s latest advice and support is available at:
If you feel that this is impacting on your mental health and well-being, please do make use of our support services including the Big White Wall, which is available to staff and students. The mental health charity, Mind, has also published a specific guide for coronavirus.


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.


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

Get Involved

  • We're looking for some new people to help with the running of the network:
    DSN Secretary – someone (maybe different people on a rotating basis) to take the minutes at the DSN meetings. This is such an essential role as we need to document all your opinions, views and concerns so that we can voice these to senior management at the University.
    Social secretary – as well as having our formal meetings, it would be fantastic if we could all get together and meet on an informal basis – maybe go for a coffee or even a meal after work? Or maybe some of you have more creative ideas…
  • New members are always welcome!  Please email: or drop into one of our events
  • Join our confidential mailing list by emailing 
  • Follow us on Twitter: @UoMDSN

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

Time to Talk day is Thursday 6 February 2020 and there will be an event 12pm-2pm in the Atrium.  More information in this StaffNet Article

Network Meetings

The next meetings are set:

Tuesday 3 March 2020 12:30pm to 2pm Room 3.204, University Place

Please make a note of dates and times.  Lunch is provided at all meetings. All rooms used for our meetings are fully accessible, but if you require special adjustments such as panatypist, then please contact at least two weeks before each meeting. 

Any agenda items for future meetings should also be sent to 

Social Events

More social events for 2020 will be arranged soon. When they are, we will post the details on this page to let you know.


  • We were proud to be part of the NADSN & LGBT+ NoN 1st Joint National Intersectionality Conference which took place on June 20 2019.
    Congratulations to Anthony Williams who was recently nominated for The University of Manchester’s Volunteer of the Year award and was awarded joint third place in the staff category among a strong field of exceptional and extraordinary volunteers!  Anthony runs a support group for people going through surgery for epilepsy by connecting people who have both had the surgery or are facing it themselves.  The group has grown to support people all over the world and many of the epilepsy specialist hospitals recommend patients who are considering this type of surgery to his group for support.
  • DSN member Dr Hamied Haroon SPOKE 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.