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Disabled staff network

Posted on 30 January 2015

The University’s new Disabled Staff Network has been launched as part of a major drive to create an inclusive environment for our employees.

Dr Alice Maynard
The group aims to promote the value of disabled staff and improve their working environment by raising awareness, sharing good practice and providing a forum for ideas and issues.

The launch event, held in the Berrick Saul Building on 2 February, was addressed by guest speaker Dr Alice Maynard, founder and Managing Director of Future Inclusion, an organisation which promotes ethical and inclusive practice. Dr Maynard, who is a York graduate and honorary graduate, is also a former Chair of Scope, a national charity promoting change in society for disabled people and their families.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts said the network would lead efforts to make the University more “disability confident.”

The group also aims to make it easier for disabled staff to be open about their disability and will examine barriers to progress and drivers for change.

Membership is open to all staff, including anyone with a disability, long term condition, or an interest in disability issues.