This short virtual event will draw on findings from the recently launched Advance HE 2021 Equality in Higher Education Statistical reports and look to see what has changed since the 2011 Advance HE report on disabled staff was published. In this event, we will discuss what progress has been made, and how the support landscape has changed over the past decade for disabled staff and students in higher education. The event will also focus on the latest research findings arising from the Disabled Students’ Commission, including how the pandemic has affected learning and teaching pedagogies and the impact of remote learning and mental wellbeing. The impact of those changes on staff will also be considered.
The event will include insights from the Advance HE 2021 Equality in Higher Education Statistical reports and the, presenting the latest data and providing comparisons and commentary on progress over the last decade; key findings arising from the Disabled Students’ Commission; a keynote speaker; a panel session comprising key speakers representing both staff and student perspectives, followed by the opportunity to discuss these issues in smaller breakout groups.
Discussions will focus on a variety of areas that still remain a challenge for the sector including:
- issues around disclosure and non-visible disabilities,
- access to work support,
- the disability pay gap,
- inclusive assessment,
- positive culture changes since the pandemic, and
- staff and student mental wellbeing.
9.30am - Welcome and Introduction - Hannah Borkin and Panagiota Sotiropoulou, Researchers (Mixed Method), Advance HE
9.35am - Advance HE Statistics Report Presentation - Hannah Borkin and Panagiota Sotiropoulou
10am - Keynote - Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton
10.30am - Break
10.40am - Panel session
Chair: Kate Lister, Associate, Advance HE
Dr Katherine Deane, Associate Professor in Research and Access Ambassador, University of East Anglia
Amelia McLoughlan, Disabled Students UK National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NASDN)
Beatrix Livesey-Stephens, Disabled Students' Representative, National Union of Students (NUS)
11.30am - Break
11.40am - Delegate discussion: Looking forward
12.15pm - Next steps and recommendations
12.25pm - Closing remarks
Who should attend?
This event is designed for all HE academic and support staff, EDI practitioners and senior leaders with an EDI remit. Those undertaking research into disabled staff, those leading disabled staff networks and leading on disability policies would find this event of interest.
Who is delivering the event?
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Disabled Students' Commission
This independent and strategic group takes responsibility for advising, informing and influencing higher education providers to improve support for disabled students.
Through a competitive process, Advance HE was awarded funding by the Office for Students to support the Disabled Students’ Commission for three years. Advance HE has responsibility for providing secretariat support, as well as overseeing the management, coordination and dissemination of research and other DSC outcomes.