Diabetes Day is 14 November, with that in mind we have chosen Henry Slade as
our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Henry is a
professional rugby player who signed his first professional contract with Exeter
Chiefs at the age of 18, the same year in which he also developed type 1
adapted to life with diabetes but admitted there was a moment he thought his
career may have come to a premature end.
He could not understand how he could continue to play and have diabetes.
he was told his rugby career would not be jeopardised, providing he was able to
control his diabetes. He quickly educated
himself on what management routines worked for training and matches, what
worked best for himself and took advice from fellow rugby professional Chris
Pennell who is also diabetic.
not let his diabetes hinder any of his ambitions. He was called into the
England squad in 2014 and is currently part of the England Squad at the World
Cup in Japan.
if diabetes has changed him, he answered: “I wouldn’t say it’s changed my life.
The way I look at it is you can’t change what’s happened to you. I’ve got
diabetes and it’s something I just have to live with.
To find out
more about World Diabetes Day see here
To find out more about
Henry see here
The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019.
This year 100 Women is asking: what would the future look like if it were driven by women?
From climate change activist Greta Thunberg, to trans woman Nisha Ayub who was put into a male prison aged 21, many on the list are driving change on behalf of women everywhere. They give us their vision of what life could look like in 2030.
Others, such as the “ghost” politician defying the mafia, and the footballer battling misogyny, are using their extraordinary personal experiences to blaze a path for those who follow. More
Don’t miss the Black Excellence exhibition in Dreadnought and online – it’s just one of the events organised by the GSU and the BAME Staff Network. 4 October 2019
The Students’ Union exhibition space in Dreadnought is hosting the Black Excellence exhibition, which celebrates and highlights the success of black students, staff and alumni from our university community. Throughout the month it will feature a series of weekly exhibitions:
Black leaders featuring staff, students and alumni
Black cultures through art and fashion
Black entrepreneurs in our university community and
Our BAME Staff Network is also launching in Black History Month, with a launch event on 8 October, which is one of many events they have organised.
World Alzheimer’s Month is the
international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the
stigma that surrounds dementia. September 2019 will mark the 8th World
Alzheimer’s Month. The campaign was launched in 2012 and World Alzheimer’s Day
is on 21 September each year.
With this in mind we have chosen
Scott Mitchell and Barbara Windsor as our Inspirational Diversity Champions of
Both are former actors and have been married
since 2000. Barbara, well known in the
role of Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders, is currently living with Alzheimer’s. Barbara was diagnosed in 2014 but her
condition was only made public in 2018.
Together they are campaigning to raise
awareness of the condition and for more support for the families and those
affected by Dementia.
Barbara led the charge for Dementia Revolution, a unique ground-breaking
campaign formed by Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK, helping to raise
over £3 million towards dementia research.
was the chosen charity for this year’s London Marathon and Scott and fellow Eastenders
friends of Barbara’s decided to raise money for the cause by running in the
name of Barbara’s Revolutionaries.
Scott and Barbara
have recently become Ambassadors for the Alzheimer’s Society and continue to
fight against dementia.