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

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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