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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


The Disabled Staff Network is for disabled staff or those with a long-term health condition who work for the University, colleges and other associated institutions.

The Network was set up following a staff consultation carried out in 2021. We will be holding focus groups and discussions to determine the name, aims and objectives of the network but for now it will be a place where you can talk to other people with shared experiences and understanding.

Since it is often difficult to meet in person, a lot of our ‘talk’ is likely to be through the email group initially.


DSN - Buddy Scheme for Managers

The DSN is looking to establish a buddy scheme between DSN members and managers and leaders in the University. Further information can be found here.


What does the Disabled Staff Network do?

Alongside the University's other Diversity Networks the Disabled Staff Network will provide information and support to staff, assist with the co-ordination of diversity events and help the University to progress equality.

Until confirmed by the membership, the provisional aims of the network are to:

  • Provide a forum for discussing diversity issues at work.
  • Provide networking opportunities.
  • Raise issues in a safe environment.

And eventually:

  • Contribute to policy development and implementation.
  • Arrange events to raise awareness and celebrate diversity.
  • Contribute to staff development activities, informing managers and colleagues to provide understanding and information that would be helpful to supporting disabled staff and those with long term conditions.

The network webpages will host resources, and policy information to help individuals, managers, carers and allies of those identifying as disabled.



The Disabled Staff Network is co-chaired by Professor Alison Dunning and Alina Wanitzek. 

The network is supported by Diane Jeffery from the University's ED&I Team.

As we progress, we will be asking for volunteers to form a Disabled Staff Network Committee.  Please look out for communications regarding this.


DSN Members are staff who: 

  • Identify as disabled
  • Have a long-term health condition
  • Identify as neurodivergent
  • Support colleagues, care for someone who is disabled or who has a long-term condition
  • Want to know more

Members are drawn from all staff groups from across all the various Departments, Faculties, Colleges and associated institutions at the University.

Yammer group

Our Yammer group is up and running! Yammer is a social networking tool for organisations. We’ve already got an introductions thread going, so do come say hello and find out who everyone else is. You’re also very welcome to stay quiet and just read along. The group is meant to be a social space to share experiences and connect in a low-energy way. Of course we will keep sending all network-wide updates via the mailing list as before.

Join the DSN Yammer community here