Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Disability Recognition Month 2022 - WEBBANNER

Each year through November and December, the university recognises Disability Recognition Month. 

This year, we have a variety of events and celebrations – everything from panel discussions to talks, and workshops.

Please have a look below and get involved! We will be updating the information with any additional details as and when they are confirmed

List of events for Disability Recognition Month 2022
 Name of eventLocation of eventTime and date of event How to book

Explore our reading list: Celebrating Disability Recognition Month with UoN Libraries
We asked students and staff for recommendations of works that explore disability to broaden our collection and make it more inclusive.
With those suggestions we created a dedicated reading list for Disability Recognition Month. It includes a wide range of titles, covering essays, memoirs and fiction, alongside a selection of webpages and magazines.  


Throughout Disability Recognition Month 

Explore the reading list and share your recommendation here

Libraries Digital Exhibition: call for staff and student artwork exploring disability
To celebrate Disability Recognition Month, Libraries will be hosting DisPerspective, a digital exhibition of art by students and staff that portray life with a disability. Submissions for the exhibition can be photographic, painting, collage, textile or anything else that can be submitted as a digital image.

The window for submissions will open on Monday 21 November and will close at the end of term on Friday 16 December.

The submitted artworks will be exhibited online and digitally in some libraries from January 2023.

 N/A Submit your artwork between Monday 21 November - Friday 16 December

Find out more and submit artwork here

What's new in the Disability space?
This event showcases initiatives and the provision of service for disabled staff and students, allies, managers and anyone who wants to know more about the support available at UoN.

Attendees will be updated with the changes that are being made across the university to increase support.  The event is being run in conjunction with the HealthyU Campaign.

The theme for Disability Recognition Month is ‘Disability, Health and Wellbeing’.

The event will feature several short presentations from a range of speakers from across the institution.

Online (Microsoft Teams) Thursday 17 November, from 1.30pm - 3pm  Book your place here

Poetry Reading and Q&A with Lisa Kelly  
The event will consist of a 20-minute reading from poet Lisa Kelly, then a 20-minute audience Q&A, and finally a closing 10-minute reading. 

Lisa’s debut collection A Map Towards Fluency was published by Carcanet (2019) and was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize. She is also the author of several poetry pamphlets, including Philip Levine’s Good Ear, which explores her single-sided deafness (Stonewood Press, 2018). Her poetry has been featured in multiple journals, magazines and anthologies, including in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII (2018) and the ground-breaking Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017); she teaches creative writing and poetry in performance at the Torriano Meeting House in London, and is current co-Chair of Magma Poetry. Find out more about Lisa’s work.

Portland Coffee Company (University Park campus) Tuesday 22 November, from 7pm Book your place here

Mara Ba (My Mother) - work in progress
Mara Ba (My Mother in Gujarati) is a multilingual, semi-biographical play, written in English, Gujarati and Swahili. Jump through time and across continents with Rupa, a young Gujarati woman, as she seeks her ‘happily ever after’ from 1960s Kenya to contemporary England. 

A night of creative storytelling, music, and cross-cultural conversations which shed light on unique, untold and funny stories from those who push the boundaries of immigration, disability and gender-roles. Free showing, booking required.

Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts Tuesday 29 November, from 7.30pm Book your place here

Deaf awareness training 
Helen Barrow from the Nottinghamshire Deaf Society will be providing deaf awareness training for staff and students. This is a free event, but places are limited, so please book a ticket to attend. 

We hope that it's an opportunity that will empower people to feel confident and increase their knowledge and understanding of effective communication with deaf and hard of hearing people. 

Refreshments and lunch will be provided after the training event.

Meeting Room 1, Hearing Sciences Building (Building 40), University Park  Thursday 1 December, 9.30am - 12.30pm  Book your place here
Let's talk...paralympic sport: An open discussion with Nottingham's Paralympic athletes 
Open to students, staff and key external partners. 

We will have a panel of speakers who have achieved at the highest level and will be talking about their own lived experiences and how it has helped them through all facets of life. We will hear from three speakers:

  • Sophie Unwin, GB Paralympic Cycling silver medallist and World Championship gold medallist,;
  • Joe Bestwick, GB Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball Bronze medallist, European Championship gold medallist and current Wheelchair Basketball Development Officer at the University:
  • Tim Jeffery, GB Paralympic shooting finalist, World Championship gold medallist and former University of Nottingham student.

We will also have presentations from representatives at the university.

Conference Room, David Ross Sports Village Thursday 1 December, from 12pm - 2pm Book your place here

Disability support , collaboration and allyship
This event is for all students to share thoughts and experiences and collaboratively become disability allies, Led by Dr Lisa White: Director of People and Culture. In Summer 2022, we co-created with student interns a short course on Disability. We now invite all students in the School of Pharmacy to come and join us to showcase this EDI Disability short course.

The event will begin with a short presentation from the student interns who will share what they learnt about living with disabilities, disability support at UoN and about becoming disability allies. After a break for lunch, in small groups we will actively discuss and work through elements of the short course. 

This is a free event, and everyone is welcome, but please book. Lunch provided.

Room A01, Pharmacy Building Wednesday 7 December from 1pm, 3pm Book your place here
Disablism and being an ally 

As part of the university’s Disability Recognition Month celebrations, this talk will be focused around how workplaces can become more inclusive to all members of the community.

Leading disability charity, Disability Rights UK, will be delivering the talk, which will include:

  • how disablism is exhibited in culture, including workplace cultures
  • internalised discrimination, its impact on people who are disabled and allies 
  • how to stand up for human rights and how allies can help

Online (Microsoft Teams) Monday 12 December, from 2.30pm - 3.30pm Book your place here

Covid as a mass-disabling event: A pegagogy of kindness in pandemic times
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people suffering from long-term health issues and emotional trauma, constituting what some experts have referred to as a 'mass-disabling event.' What are the implications for how we approach disability in higher education, and how can instructors rethink their approaches to teaching and learning accordingly?

This webinar features Professor Cate Denial, Bright Distinguished Professor of American History at Knox College, University of Nottingham alumna, and PI on a $150,000 Mellon Foundation grant analysing practices of care in academia during Covid. Professor Denial will discuss the need to practice a "pedagogy of kindness" to create a more inclusive and just academy.

Drawing on her research and own experiences with disability, Professor Denial will prompt us to re-evaluate our ideas of educational "rigour" not only in response to the pandemic as a mass-disabling event, but also a part of larger efforts to make higher education more accessible for disabled students and instructors alike. 

 Online  Wednesday 14 December, from 3.30pm - 4.30pm Book your place here

Libraries reading group: Disability Visibility 
Join Libraries for our next reading group event. This time we will be discussing Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, an anthology of personal essays by disabled people, edited by Alice Wong. 

Libraries have a limited number of copies of Disability Visibility to giveaway to students who sign up for the event. Sign up quick and let us know on the form if you would like a copy. 
A copy of the young adult version is also available in Hallward Library. You can request it online via NUsearch for delivery to your preferred library.

George Green Library, University Park  Wednesday 8 February 2023, from 6pm - 8pm  Book your place here

Disability declaration: why it's important

Declaring a disability and discussing it with your line manager enables you to access reasonable adjustments.

If you haven't done so already, providing your personal details in MyView will help the university better understand the diversity of our staff. 

To do this please log into MyView and go to 'Equality Monitoring Data'.

Find out more about EDI at the University of Nottingham or our Disability Staff and Student Networks. 


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