Awareness Week takes place from 10 – 16 June and with this in mind we have
chosen Jonny Labey as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Jonny is a supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation having been diagnosed himself with type 1 diabetes at the age of 15.
Jonny is an actor and dancer making his TV acting debut as
popular EastEnders character Paul Coker where he was able to include type 1 in
his character’s storyline.
But his greatest passion in life is dancing. He’s
been a dancer since he was 5 years old and graduated from the prestigious
Doreen Bird College of Performance, one of the University’s partner colleges.
Since then he has gone on to win ITV’s Dance Dance Dance and he’s
also played the lead role as Scott Hastings in Baz Luhrmann’s West End hit
musical Strictly Ballroom.
In his spare time he runs a blog Know Your Type, where he
interviews people from all walks of life on their experiences and tips for
managing the condition.
Jonny has supported many JDRF fundraising events including
The Secret Garden Dinner and Pro-Celebrity Golf days. He also works with them
to inspire young people to overcome obstacles caused by type 1 and
to follow their dreams:
“Everyone with type 1 diabetes should have the self-belief
they can achieve whatever they want in life.”
Would 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.
then how about joining one of our five Staff Networks: Black Asian and Minority
Ethnic (BAME), LGBT+, Disability, Faith
and Women’s Network.
Staff Network meetings are being held and focus on planning work that helps
promote diversity and inclusion across the University. These networks 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: email@example.com.