Spotlight on: the Disabled Staff Network
25 Nov 2021
Find out more and how to join
As we are in the middle of celebrating Disability History Month (18 November - 18 December) it’s the perfect opportunity to look at one of our biggest staff networks: the Disabled Staff Network (DSN).
This network has been instrumental in improving the experiences of our disabled staff at the University and has an active programme of events throughout the year.
Some of their major achievements have been:
- Ensuring dedicated staff support from the Disability Advisory Support Service
- Organising and hosting the first UK Conference on Hidden Disabilities
- Arranging the annual Lord Morris of Manchester Lecture
- Working with the national disabled and LGBT Networks to arrange an intersectionality conference in 2019
- Nominated in the Manchester Culture Awards 2021 for the Manchester Histories Digifest
- Read more about our achievements
The group has an active and vibrant membership which meets four times a year and organises informal social events. This Network is open to all members of staff 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.
The Network is currently planning for International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) and the Purple Light Up Campaign on 3 December and are working on elements of the Disability Standard for our University. Look out for more news on IDPD where we’ll be lighting up Academy One in shades of purple encouraging people to wear purple on that day!
New members are always welcome and you can contact the co-chairs Kirsty and Jessie to be added to the confidential mailing list, or if you’d like to find out more then please visit: