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Below are some useful links to groups both within the University and in the wider community.
As Events and Venues Manager at Bath Spa Live I
welcome the public to our three main performance venues and at a variety of
spaces around Bath. I want audience members to feel safe, comfortable and
included in all our work, and I’m really pleased that - by joining the EDSG
- I have joined a team which helps to ensure that BSU extends that welcome
to students, visitors and staff in all our buildings.
I’m very interested in the Social Model, an approach to disabled people which is imaginative, inclusive and proactive. The Office for Disabled Issues says: Using the social model helps identify solutions to the barriers disabled people experience. It encourages the removal of these barriers within society, or the reduction of their effects, rather than trying to fix an individual’s impairment or health condition. The social model is the preferred model for disabled people. It empowers disabled people and encourages society to be more inclusive.
It can be easy for those of us working in older buildings or on mixed sites to think we can’t make all our spaces fully accessible. This doesn't mean we should ever stop being vigilant and challenging ourselves in making sure we are still making the very best of ourselves and our buildings for everyone.
Looking forward to the completion of the new Academic Building is a great time to look closely at the rest of the campus - as well as to our attitudes and actions - and see if we can make life for everyone as convenient and inclusive as possible.
If you have any concerns where you feel I could help you, then please do contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07970 976358
If you'd like to provide feedback on a current policy, procedure or practice at BSU, or would be willing to provide feedback on any future practice, please also contact me or HR. If you'd prefer to make contact confidentially, then please indicate this.
Did you know?
University Mental Health Awareness Day - 19 February 2014
University mental health awareness day offers an opportunity to raise awareness among staff and students of the support and adjustments available for those experiencing mental health difficulties.
ECU recently conducted a survey of staff and students who had experienced mental health difficulties, looking at their experiences around disclosure and accessing support. The survey found that although many respondents had spoken to friends and colleagues and found them to be very supportive, few had sough support or adjustments from the university, or even knew that support was available.
The day intends to promote a dialogue around mental health across the UK and encourage universities to reflect on how their policies and practices can help promote mental wellbeing.
- University mental health advisers network (UMHAN)
- Student Minds website
- Understanding adjustments: supporting staff and students who are experiencing mental health difficulties
Progress made on disability-related harassment
A report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has revealed that although some public bodies have made progress in tackling disability-related harassment since 2011, more needs to be done.
Between 2009 and 2011 the commission carried out a formal inquiry into the causes of disability-related harassment and outlined actions public authorities should take to prevent and eliminate it. The EHRC will continue to work with public bodies to implement the recommendations and 'keep the spotlight' on disability related harassment.
According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission review, How Fair is Britain:
- Around 1 in 5 of us report a disability or limiting long-term illness.
- Around 1 in 10 people in England, Scotland and Wales report potential mental health problems.
- Across Britain, disables adults are three times as likely as others to have no qualifications.
- People with a disability or long-term illness are over twice as likely to report bullying or harassment in the workplace as non-disabled people.
Life in front of and behind the camera: a Paralympian's perspective on disability - Monday 24 March 2014 with Kate Grey
- Student Hall, Talbot House Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus 15:00 - 16:00
- Shelley Lecture Theatre, Poole House, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus 17:30 - 18:30
To attend please book via the following link.
This talk will share Kate's experiences of training, studying and competing as a Paralympian for Beijing in 2008 and preparing for London 2012. Although Kate was not able to qualify for London 2012 due to an illness she was able to take an active role on reporting the games for the BBC. As part of this talk Kate will also consider whether or not attitudes towards disability have changed as a result of the increased media focus on the Paralympics and what this might mean for Rio 2016.
Biography: Kate Grey - Sky Sports Living for Sport Mentor/BBC sports reporter
Kate Grey lost her left hand at two years old following a freak accident. Aged four, her parents encourages her to learn to swim; it was a daunting task as Kate was afraid of deep water and struggled to balance with one hand, but she persevered and went on to swim regularly.
Kate never let her disability hold her back, and alongside swimming she also pursued various other sports. At 10 years old, she competed in her first disability swimming competition. To her surprise, Kate performed well and later qualified for the National championships. In 2002, aged just 13, Kate was earmarked as a potential Paralympian and has been representing Great Britain ever since. The proudest moment in Kate’s career so far was representing GB at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. She went on to win a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m IM at the World Championships in 2009. Unfortunately, illness meant Kate missed out on qualifying for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. However she still has the hunger to achieve her dream of winning a Paralympic medal and hopes to compete at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. Over the past year Kate has been involved with sports broadcasting, covering Paralympic sport among others. She believes that part of the Paralympic legacy is keeping disability sport in the media eye for the years between the games, and hopes that working in the broadcasting world can help make that happen.
Speaking about her role as an Athlete Mentor, Kate commented: "Sport is a very powerful tool, it’s not just about making elite athletes, but instead using sport as a foundation to change the lives of many young people and allow them to find the right path." "Sport has made me realise that I may be different but I can still do the same things as everybody else. It has helped me to learn lifelong skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication which I can now use in all aspects of my life. It has helped me accept my disability and be proud of who I am."
- Lifeworks - Our Employee
Assistance Programme provides confidential advice and support on issues relating to
Gender Equality. You can access the service by going to
www.lifeworks.com. Please note
that you will need your user ID and password to access the website. If
you do not have your membership card please contact
HR for the details.
- Bath Spa Live is working with this charity to improve access for audiences.
- International Day for People with Disabilities
- Office for Disability Issues
A very useful source of advice, with a wealth of interesting statistics, particularly those related to Higher Education
- Equality and Diversity Steering Group.