Deaf Awareness Week takes place between 6 and 12 May and with this in mind we have chosen Mat Gilbert as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Mat is a professional
rugby union player currently playing for Hartpury College RFC. Mat joined Hartpury from Worcester Warriors,
having also played for Bath Rugby, the Scarlets and Modigliano (Italy).
Apart from being
an experienced player, Mat is unusual in that he has achieved all of this
despite being severely deaf – he has played for the England Deaf team on
numerous occasions and is tireless in his efforts to encourage more
opportunities for deaf children to get involved in the sport.
is a long-serving ambassador for the charity Action for Hearing Loss. He supports many fundraising events across
the UK and has been the guest speaker at the charity’s annual Christmas Carol
find out more about Deaf Awareness Week see here
you like to have a say in how the University:
Promotes equality, diversity and inclusion
Celebrates the diversity of its staff and students
Shapes its recruitment approaches to support diversity
Develops its training offer to support staff to advance their careers
Develops and delivers teaching and learning to students from diverse backgrounds
If yes, then how about joining
one of our Staff Networks. We are particularly keen for staff to join these
Staff Networks: Disability, Faith and Women’s 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
are interested in being a part of any of these inspiring groups, please contact
Naseer Ahmad in the EDI Team on: email@example.com.