About the Network
“To support SHU to become a sector leading employer of disabled people by informing and advising at all levels of practice and policy development, using the principles of the social model of disability.”
It is important to be aware that we are a small group of disabled staff who run the network alongside our day jobs! We aim to produce newsletters to keep staff up to date with activity at Hallam and in Sheffield and to arrange social and awareness raising events. Personal commitments and job changes have greatly reduced the size of the current committee but we continue to do what we can for disabled staff. We greatly welcome interest in joining the committee. To express your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terms of Reference
To create a network which is visible and active, and that celebrates the role of disabled staff at SHU.
- To consult with the Equality and Diversity team, Disability Steering Group, HROD and other policy writers on disability and accessibility issues.
- To support disabled colleagues with any disability related challenges they face in their employment at SHU and to signpost to unions/external support agencies where appropriate.
- To produce regular information for members and supporters using a range of communication methods.
- To champion good, inclusive, practice amongst managers and support the production of resources to achieve this.
- To champion and advise on inclusive design and planning.
Mode of Operation
The group will:
- Provide an open, safe and confidential environment to discuss challenges faced.
- Organise an accessible programme of events that adds value to the experience of disabled members of staff at SHU.
- Consult with the network to inform future actions and ongoing events.
- Hold steering group meetings once every two months to take forward the action plan – frequency of network wide meetings/events to be determined.
- Keep the network up to date with relevant disability related employment news.
- Provide a named representative to attend the Disability Steering Group to advise on processes & systems for supporting disabled employees.
Roles & Responsibilities of members
- To contribute to projects, initiatives or activities agreed by the group, when possible.
- To respect the privacy of fellow members.
- To listen and give everybody the chance to contribute if they wish to.
- To report back on initiatives which affect disabled employees e.g. changes to University policy and external legalisation.
- To report back barriers faced to successful employment at SHU due to being disabled.
Social Model of Disability and what it means for us
When we first came together as the steering group for Spark! – Staff Disability Network we agreed quickly that our ethos is strongly aligned with the social model of disability. We also agreed to use the social model to guide us in how we believe SHU should be changing to ensure equal opportunity and treatment of disabled members of staff.