Events announced for Disability December 2019

November 21st, 2019

The University  will be celebrating Disability December with a range of events and initiatives for staff and students including workshops, talks, briefing sessions and more.
The programme of events includes:

  • Wellness in the workplace: Mindful movement and breathing for anxiety
    Tuesday 26 November, 3.30-5.00pm, E44 (Yoga Studio), Portland Building
    Back by popular demand. An interactive session for staff led by professional pianist Dr Xenia Pestova, Director of Performance, Department of Music, using simple breathing techniques, focus exercises and gentle stretches incorporating yoga and Qi Gong influences to help you understand and befriend anxiety.
    Please note, all places have been filled for this workshop. Please email if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
  • Putting ‘people’ back into policy
    Tuesday 26 November, 4-6pm, University of Nottingham Sports and Social Club, University Park
    Join Huei-mei Grace Chang, co-founder of the Taiwan Association for Disability, to discuss Taiwan’s recent work to promote the work of disadvantaged groups.
    A free event, but booking is required.
  • Disability at Work – Leonard Cheshire Briefing Sessions for Managers
    Monday 2 December, Room B2, The Hemsley, University Park. Session Timing: 11:15am
    Monday 2 December, Room A18, Kings Meadow. Session Timing: 1pm

    Delivered by disability charity Leonard Cheshire, these 1-hour sessions will outline key information to enable managers to confidently support disabled employees and remove barriers in the workplace.
    Drawing on insights from Leonard Cheshire’s employment programmes and work with students and graduates, discussions will cover understandings of disability within the UK, recognising barriers and making adjustments, and the manager’s role in creating an inclusive work environment.
    The same 1-hour session will run at 11.15am on the University Park campus and again at 1pm on King’s Meadow campus.
    Please note places are limited. Booking is required.
    To book a place please email stating your preferred session time.
  • UoN Sport programmes for disabled students
    Tuesday 3 December. Wheelchair Basketball taster session, 4.30pm-5.30pm, David Ross Sports Village.
    Tennis Club Disability Coaching Course, 1.30pm-4.30pm, David Ross Sports Village.

    As part of International Day of People with Disabilities, our Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball Club will be celebrating accessibility of their sports. The Tennis Club will be taking part in a disability coaching course, which will be led by UoN alumnus and Inclusive Sports Consultant – Mark Bullock. The course will provide members, coaches and supporters of the club with the knowledge and tools to offer more inclusive opportunities to disabled students throughout their sessions in the future.
    Our Wheelchair Basketball Club will also be offering students the opportunity to try their fun sport . The session, which is run through our Engage programme, is £3 for non-sports members and free to sports members.
    University of Nottingham Sport provide a number of inclusive programmes for disabled students including Men’s Health Active, Engage, Empower, supported fitness sessions and gym quiet time.
    You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest inclusive activities and sports on the UoN Disability Sport’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
  • Leading through the darkness [POSTPONED]
    Weds 4 December, 5.30pm, Room C14, Teaching & Learning Building
    Having a disability doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader, you just have to do things differently!
    Inspired by this year’s UK Disability History Month theme of Leadership, Resistance and Culture, Sarah Stephenson-Hunter, Staff Disability Advisor, University of Oxford, shares her personal story, explores what it means to be a leader with a disability and how this has shaped her approach to leadership.
    This event is free and open to all. Booking is required. 
    PLEASE NOTE – This event has been postponed. For more information about the rearranged date, please email
  • Amputated men: The British Nigerian disabled men of the First World War and their crisis of masculinity
    Tuesday 10 December, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, A30 Lecture Theatre, Arts Centre, University Park.
    The First World War transformed men’s masculinities across the globe. In British Nigeria, the war disabled were known as ‘amputated men’ who claimed they had become ‘women’.
    In this public lecture for Disability History Month, Dr George Njung discusses this crisis of masculinity on the fringes of the British Empire.
    Within the context of African involvement in WWI, the lecture will focus on Nigerian soldiers left severely disabled by their battle injuries and the psychological impact they suffered as a result.
    This event is free and open to everyone – but please book a ticket to secure a place.
    Please note this event must be accessed via the Music Building entrance, not the gallery and museums entrance.
  • Employee Assistance Programme: Drop-in Session with Sodexo
    Monday 16 December, 9am to 2.30pm, Room B02, Teaching & Learning Building
    No need to book – just drop in between 9am and 2.30pm to learn more about the benefits available for staff through the University’s Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Employee Hub Demonstrations by Sodexo
    Monday 16 December 9am and 2pm, Room B03, Teaching & Learning Building
    Join a short demonstration at either 9am or 2pm to find out more about the University’s Employee Hub.
    Booking is required. To book a place please email stating your preferred session time.

Did you know…

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 in to MyView and go to ‘Equality Monitoring Data’.

Find out more …

Other events may be announced throughout the month. For full listings, please visit the University’s events page.

Accessibility in UoN Libraries

We want to better understand the kinds of support that library users with a disability need. To help us do this, we’re inviting all library users with a disability (declared or not) to fill in this online form (O365 log in required) and give us their feedback about our spaces, facilities and services with a view to making them as inclusive as possible.

The form will stay live until the end of January 2020, but there will be more opportunities to drop-in and talk to library staff in the coming months.

Find more information about our enhanced library support service.


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