The Department of Biology is dedicated to creating a positive and inclusive community that supports staff and students who have disabilities. This includes assisting individuals in developing working practices best suited to their needs, and building an environment that promotes discussion and collegial support.
In 2018 more emphasis was placed on creating social events for students and staff, including regular disabilities mixer events. These sessions are informal get-togethers for any bioscience students and staff with disabilities and chronic health conditions, providing a safe space to socialise and exchange experiences. We also have a quiet room that is available for anybody wishing to take a break.
BioEDG Quiz! 8.00pm Wednesday 24th February
BioEDG Virtual Meet-up 11.00-12.00 Thursday 11 March
(zoom links available in the staff / student newsletters)
We have dedicated Disability Representatives for both students and staff:
Disability Representative for Students: Dr Antje Kuhrs - firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Disability Liaison: Dr Setareh Chong - email@example.com
These representatives attend the BioEDG Committee (Biology Equality and Diversity Group).
At a wider level, we are working with YUSU (University of York's Student Union) in a Participatory Action Research Project. This project is focussed on enhancing dialogues around equality, inclusivity and identity. It aims to strengthen connections between YUSU, liberation groups within the Department of Biology and the University. This project particularly encourages those who identify as a disabled, LGBTQ+, BAME, and/or an international student to sign up. For more details about the project, please contact Nick Glover (YUSU Student Voice and Insight Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the University's Disabled staff network, INCLUDE (Inclusive Network Connecting and Linking University Disabled Employees) launched in 2015 and is open to all staff. It aims to promote the value of disabled staff and improve their working environment by raising awareness, sharing good practice and providing a forum for discussing ideas and issues.
Find out more about disability services offered by the University.