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Disabled staff network

The Disabled staff network provides a voice within the University for disability equality. The group meets officially three times a year and have a number of other informal get-togethers. The network is open to all members of staff (including PGR students) at the University who consider themselves to have a disability or long-term health/medical condition, and to members of staff who have a specific interest in this area of work.

The Neurodiversity Network is a part of the DSN and is open to anyone who has or considers themselves to be neurodivergent or their allies.

The Disability staff network group Co-Chairs are Rachel Heyes, Laura Howard, and Steven Pierce . Matthew Harrison is Neurodiversity Network Co-ordinator. They can be contacted via, or directly.


The Disabled staff network aims are to:

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

The full remit of the group can be seen in our Terms of reference.


The network meetings are held online, and in person.

Meeting dates will be advertised through DSN communications. To sign up to the mailing list, please email


Welcome to the first issue of The Disabled Staff Network Newsletter.

The Disabled Staff Network Newsletter - Issue 1 (Spring 2024)

We hope that you enjoy reading all about our activities, upcoming events, and opportunities to get involved.

Get involved

The Disability staff network are currently looking for colleagues to fill the following key role.

  • Disabled Staff Network 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. If you are interested in this role, please email

You can connect with the Disabled staff network via TwitterListServTeamsYammer.