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Disabled staff network

The Disabled Staff Network (DSN) 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 Neurodivergent Network is a part of the DSN and is open to anyone who has or considers themselves to be neurodivergent or their allies.

The DSN Co-Chairs are Rachel Heyes, Laura Howard, and Steven Pierce. Matthew Harrison and Katherine Twomney are the Neurodiversity Network Leads. 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.

You can find more information about our next meeting on our Teams Space, or social network channels.


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.

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