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Disabled Staff Network Group

Disabled Staff Network Group

Disabled Staff Network Group

Providing a voice within the University for disability equality

The Disabled Staff Network meet 'officially' about 3 times a year and have a number of other informal get-togethers inbetween. 

This Network is open to all members of staff at the University of Manchester who consider themselves to have an impairment or long term health/medical condition or members of staff who have an interest in this area.

Aims of the group

To promote disability equality through active involvement and consultation on the University's plans, strategies, policies and guidance.

To provide the opportunity to share experiences about working at the University.

To work with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team to develop effective solutions to any problems encountered.

To provide support, advice and guidance, or signposting, where appropriate.

To raise awareness around disability equality.

To work closely with other projects, initiatives, departments and organisations which raise awareness around disability equality.

The Terms of Reference for the group can be seen here.


The two co-chairs of the DSN are Hamied Haroon & Melanie Sharpe, and they can be contacted on

Next Events

Network Meetings

Monday 15 May 2017 9.30-11.30 Zochonis Building Lecture Theatre Room E (ground Floor)

All rooms are fully accessible

Any agenda items should be sent to 


We are sure that many of you have read about the sad passing of Moodswings Director Tom McAlpine - he provided mental health support to many of our colleagues and students.  

Tom will be sorely missed by our University community, Manchester, and further afield. Of course, MoodSwings is committed to continuing his incredible work.

We would like to encourage all members of our Network to please consider making a donation to the appeal in Tom’s name:

Social Events

Regular updates - keep checking back!

Professional/Personal Coaching and Development

**UPDATE** Achieving Your Potential is a six-day development programme for members of University staff, at all levels, with a disability.

This is a development programme specifically designed for disabled staff in all roles and allgrades at our University.  The programme consists of three full day workshops spaced over a number of months accompanied by two one hour coaching/development appointments and a final “round-up” day.”  It is provided by our friends at Result CIC – Jane, Hormoz and Andy. 

The aim of the course is to enable disabled colleagues to take more control over their personal and professional lives; to develop resilience to thrive at work; to set and achieve personal goals; and develop as positive role models for others.  To find out more information and enrol, please visit this page.

We're supporting Time to Change!

The University made a public commitment in June 2013 to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination by signing the Time to Change pledge.

Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. In signing the Time to Change pledge the University is committed to help raise awareness and to tackle the stigma around mental health for our staff and students.  You can find out more here

The AccessAble App. Manchester  

The University has been working in partnership with DisabledGo to launch a new app to provide detailed access information to all University buildings.

These access guides include all the facilities on campus, including halls of residence, cafes, lecture halls, toilets and bars from a pan disability perspective. Every venue is visited and assessed in person by a highly trained DisabledGo surveyor.

The AccessAble Uni of Manchester app offers some of the best features for mobile access, which include:

  • AccessAroundMe – Instant detailed access information to places to visit across the University campus at the touch of a button. Each detailed access guide has information about, directions, ramps, lifts, accessible toilets and much more!
  • Find A Loo – Highlights the closest accessible toilet on campus to the user’s current location, and gives precise details of the facility.
  • MyWayToGo – The world’s first integration between mobile access information and maps, users can now locate and get directions directly to their chosen accessible place on campus.
  • FindMeNow – AccessAble has a built in emergency locator that sends the GPS location of the user, directly to their selected emergency contact via email or SMS.
  • AccessMyWay – Enables the user to filter results to match their specific access requirements, such as accessible toilets, car parking, changing places and hearing assistance.
  • Mobile screen reader compatible – AccessAble is compatible with Apple’s VoiceOver software and Android’s Talkback, making all the access information accessible.

 The App can be accessed here: DisabledGoApp

Previous Events

November 2016: The inaugural Lord Morris of Manchester memorial lecture took place.  You can read more here.

The DSN is teamed up with MMU to host an event for International Day of Disabled People (IDDP) on 3 December 2014 and December 2015 - more details here.

The Manchester Museum held a series of bookable events called 'Objects in Mind' - concentrating on the link between mental health issues and various artefacts in the Museum. 

Our hidden disabilities conference 'What are we Hiding' took place on 6 June 2014.  Read all about it here.

Wellbeing Rooms and Active Manchester

These are located in the Simon Building (Building 59 on the Campus Map).  They are fully accessible and offer great spaces for activities.

Full details can be seen on the websites here and here.

Further Information

If you require further information on the DSN click here, or if you would like to join the network please contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team.

You can follow the group's activities via Twitter: @UoMDSN

Direct Enquiries* is a handy website for finding accessible venues across the country.  You can visit their website here:


*The University of Manchester is not responsible for the content of external websites