November 29, 2018, by Claire Henson

Events announced for Disability December

During December 2018 the University of Nottingham will be celebrating Disability December with a range of events for staff and students including workshops, panel discussions, music performances and more.

Our programme of events is now confirmed:

  • Managing staff with autism and hidden disabilities
    11:00am-12:30pm, Monday 3 December 2018
    Room C22, Coates Building, University Park Campus
    A workshop for managers of staff with autism and hidden disabilities. Join us and learn how to engage with the essential eight key executive functions every person uses, as well as developing some important communication frameworks.
    Booking required. Find out more.
  • Minding the mind: supporting your mental health at work
    12:30-1.30pm, Monday 10 December 2018
    Room B03, Teaching and Learning Building, University Park Campus
    Attend this talk and panel discussion to learn more about the types of mental health problems associated with the workplace and find out what the University of Nottingham is doing to support staff and students to manage and improve their mental wellbeing.
    Booking required. Find out more.
  • Disability and Music: An insight into the Able Orchestra experience
    12:30-1.30pm, Wednesday 12 December 2018
    Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham Lakeside Arts
    Join us to learn more about Able Orchestra and see how these amazing young people compose and perform wonderful music.
    Booking required. Find out more.
  • Disability December Workshops
    A series of Disability December workshops offered by Professional Development.
    Booking required. Find out more.

Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said:

“These events will provide a much needed focus to help us to understand the experiences of staff as they deal with disabilities that they or others experience. Many disabilities are invisible, and these events provide a vital route to help us all to understand how best to provide support for those with different types of disabilities.”

Other events taking place across the University during December include:

  • Supported fitness sessions
    Times available on request – subject to demand.
    David Ross Sports Village / Jubilee Campus sports facility.
    Instructors will work with disabled staff on whatever their ambitions are – whether that be training for a race or keeping active to help manage their condition/disability. Enquiries should be sent to
  • Inclusive climbing sessions
    3-6pm, Sunday 2 December and Sunday 9 December
    David Ross Sports Village, University Park
    Hourly slots available. Free to members, £3 per session for non-members. Email to book your place.
  • New singing group for people with dementia and carers
    10:30am-12.00 noon, Monday 26 November and Monday 10 December
    Rehearsal Hall, Department of Music, Nottingham Lakeside Arts
    £5 per couple. All welcome.
  • Vicky McClure’s Dementia Choir: a Christmas concert
    2.30pm, Monday 17 December 2018
    Nottingham Lakeside Arts
    Free to attend. To book please call 0115 846 7777.
    Donations will go to ‘Music and Memories’ and the continuation of the Dementia Choir in 2019.

Find out more

Other events may be announced throughout the month. For full listings, please visit the University’s events page.

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Disability declaration

Guidance for line managers: Would you know what to do if a member of your team declared a disability? See this Sway produced by our Employment Relations Team for guidance.

For more details, guidance for line managers on ‘Supporting Disabled Staff’ is available on the Equality and Diversity web pages.

Why it’s important: Declaring a disability and discussing it with your line manager enables you to access reasonable adjustments. If you haven’t done so already, providing your personal details in MyView will help the University better understand the diversity of our staff. To do this, please log in to MyView and go to ‘Equality Monitoring Data’.

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