HR Bulletin No 19.9 – Join Our Disability Staff Network

Dear Colleagues

 Would you like to have a say in how the University:

  • Promotes equality, diversity and inclusion for staff with disability
  • Celebrates the diversity of its staff and students
  • Shapes its recruitment approaches to support diversity
  • Develops and supports staff to advance their careers
  • Develops and delivers teaching and learning to students from diverse backgrounds

If yes, then how about joining our Disability Staff Network. We welcome all new members who may have a disability (physical or hidden) themselves or who support someone else with a disability. 

Our aim is to:

  • Support all staff with disability to enable them to achieve their potential in their careers
  • Help make the university environment barrier-free for all staff and students
  • Raise awareness and educate colleagues about various disabilities and how to support colleagues who may have a disability

The network has direct communication channel to Senior Management through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


If you are interested in being a part of this inspiring group, please contact either Naseer Ahmad in the EDI Team on: or Ciara Doyle, the Chair of the Disability Staff Network on:

Best Regards

Gail Brindley

Director of Human Resources

Text Box: HR Bulletin 19.9

16 September 2019

To: All Staff

Double amputee model walks at New York Fashion Week

A nine-year-old model who had both legs amputated as a baby has walked the runway at New York Fashion Week.

Daisy-May Demetre, from Birmingham, is believed to be the first double amputee child to walk in an official New York Fashion Week show.

Her father Alex said she was “amazing” and “felt really proud of herself” as she modelled for brand Lulu et Gigi.

She is set to model at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Fashion Week later this month. More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – September 2019

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 the Month.

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.

Scott and 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.

Dementia Revolution 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.

To find out more about World Alzheimer’s Month see here

To find out more about Dementia Revolution see here

Transcontinental Race: Germany’s Fiona Kolbinger becomes first female winner of endurance race

Germany’s Fiona Kolbinger has beaten more than 200 men to become the first woman to win the Transcontinental Race, cycling more than 2,485 miles across Europe in just over 10 days.

The cancer researcher, 24, endured thunderstorms, scorching heat and icy rain in the solo race, which took her from Burgas, Bulgaria to Brest in north west France via five other countries.

After finishing in a time of 10 days, two hours and 48 minutes, Kolbinger says she could have “gone harder”, adding: “I could have slept less.”

Britain’s Ben Davies is poised to take second place, but he is yet to cross the finish line. He was still 124 miles (200km) away when Kolbinger finished on Tuesday morning. More

Team GB’s only black swimmer: ‘I understand why girls would quit over their hair’

“I vividly remember a black girl saying at training that the reason black girls don’t swim is because of their hair.

“I was about 12 or 13 at the time and had never thought of the idea of hair stopping you from swimming. Now that I am older I can fully understand why someone would quit over their hair.”

Alice Dearing, a 22-year-old student at Loughborough University, is one of Great Britain’s top female marathon swimmers.

She’s also currently the only black swimmer on Team GB and is only the second to represent them in the water. More

Stephanie Frappart: Female referee to take charge of Uefa Super Cup

Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a major men’s European match when she takes charge of the Uefa Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea on 14 August.

Frappart will lead a team that also includes two female assistant referees when the Champions League winners face the Europa League holders in Istanbul.

The 35-year-old Frenchwoman refereed July’s Women’s World Cup final in Lyon.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said he was “delighted” by her appointment. More

Khadijah Mellah: Hijab-wearing jockey triumphs on Haverland and makes history

Four months ago Khadijah Mellah had not even sat on a racehorse, but on Thursday she made history by winning the Magnolia Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

The 18-year-old student is believed to be the first person in the UK to appear in a competitive horse race while wearing a hijab.

The amateur rider from Peckham, in south London, won the five-and-a-half-furlong charity race aboard Charlie Fellowes-trained 25-1 outsider Haverland, beating the likes of Olympic cycling champion turned jockey Victoria Pendleton. More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the month – August 2019

On 12 August it is International Youth Day and with that in mind we have chosen Amanda Medler as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Amanda is the Chief Guide, the most senior volunteer at Girlguiding UK.  She was appointed following an extensive recruitment process that involved both young members and leaders.

Amanda started her five year term in 2018 and has been involved in guiding her whole life. She qualified as a Brownie leader whilst studying at Loughborough University and she became a Guide leader in London and South East England Region in 1989, which she continues to this day.

In Middlesex North West County, Amanda created a Young Guiders forum and was chair of programme and training before serving as assistant and then county commissioner.

Amanda has been a Girlguiding qualified trainer since 2003, and over the years has progressed from being chair of the British Youth Council delegation to being elected as a member of Council and the Executive committee. She led significant change as UK Guide adviser (lead volunteer 1995-2000), delivering the renewal of the Guide programme.

On the global stage Amanda has been a member of Girlguiding’s delegation to a Europe Conference as well as other European events and conferences. In 2010, she was elected to the WAGGGS Europe Committee and in 2013 served a second three-year term as vice chair.

In her professional life Amanda has worked in corporate IT for over 20 years, moving into the not-for-profit sector eight years ago, first as a senior project manager for Citizens Advice and now as a senior consultant with Adapta Consulting.

To find out more about International Youth Day see here To find out more about Girlguiding see here

London’s Wheelie Gang helps children who use wheelchairs

Emma from Greenwich set up the Wheelie Gang because her daughter Evie had no friends in her school in a wheelchair.

But now, after seeing how many children in wheelchairs feel the same as Evie, Emma’s project has grown into something she hopes to expand across London.

Emma uses her local community centre in Greenwich to organise disabled-friendly sports and crafts for children. More

Join our Faith Staff Network

Dear Colleagues

Would you like to have a say in how the University:

If yes, then how about joining our Faith Staff Network. It aims to promote the interests of staff with diverse faiths and beliefs employed at the University of Greenwich.

So, if you have a formal religion/belief, or indeed no belief, you are welcome to join the Faith Staff Network.

Regular Staff Network meetings will be held and will focus on planning work that helps promote diversity and inclusion across the University. These networks will have a direct communication channel to Senior Management through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


If you are interested in being a part of any of these inspiring groups, please contact Naseer Ahmad in the EDI Team on:

Best Regards

Gail Brindley

Director of Human Resources

Text Box: HR Bulletin 19.7

17 July 2019

To: All Staff

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