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Enabling Neurodiverse Science Careers – recommendations

We recently finished our NERC funded project ‘Enabling Neurodiverse Science Careers’ which used a co-design approach to develop a set of recommendations for challenging neurotypical cultures in the environmental and natural sciences. Drawing on an evidence review, a survey with neurodivergent scientists and a series of focus groups and interviews with neurodivergent early career researchers […]


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Disability Inclusive Science Careers – project conclusion

The funding for DISC ended in February 2022, however, DISC continues through a range of other projects funded by NERC, Royal Society of Chemistry and the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness. DISC has been a very successful project and our public engagement and impact work continues. Here we share the main messages […]


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A reflective piece on disability training

Olugbenga [Abraham] Babajide Given that disability is a sensitive topic, I’m curious about how well disability training can be successfully delivered to foster a positive change that we all want for more inclusivity and accessibility of disabled academics or scientists in universities. In this short blog, I discuss my reflection of the Disability Inclusive Science […]


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Reflections on the UK National Disability Strategy

Kate Sang and Jen Remnant   On the 28th July the UK Government published its National Disability Strategy which covers education, employment, transport, shopping, housing, leisure and access to public services1. The Strategy comes shortly after the release of a new ONS report on a collection of social and economic outcomes for disabled people in the UK2 which showed that only around half of disabled people of working […]


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Inequalities in the legal profession

Shilan Ucak – Career Ready Intern As society further evolves, one’s initial thought would be that the inequalities are becoming less of a problem, however that is not the case. Features of yourself that should not make you different from others in the way you get treated, for example gender, ethnicity, and a disability are still a cause of inequality, particularly, in the legal profession.   When looking at research on […]


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A summer 2021 DISC update

2021 has been a very busy year for the DISC team as we prepare to bring the project to a conclusion and start to think about how we create a lasting legacy for disabled academics and universities. We are committed to making sure that efforts to create more disability-inclusive research cultures continue beyond the duration […]


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Creating Disability Inclusive Science Careers

4/8/21, 10am – 3.30pm  Disability Inclusive Science Careers (DISC) is running an online workshop inviting scientists to hear from and talk to decision-makers across funders, senior managers in universities and Scottish Government representatives, alongside other academic workplace stakeholders such as the University and Colleges Union, and the National Association of Disabled Staff Networks.  The workshop will explore the changes necessary to make academic science careers more inclusive and accessible.  The morning session (10-12.30) will focus on university decision-making […]


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Understanding the role of human resource management in the workplace experiences of disabled people

Sang, K., Calvard, T. and Remnant, J., 2021. Disability and academic careers: Using the social relational model to reveal the role of human resource management practices in creating disability. Work, Employment and Society.  In 2017 I was awarded an EPSRC career acceleration grant which gave me the opportunity to explore the experiences of disabled academics. Supported […]


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And Action!

Jen Remnant As has been mentioned previously on the blog, an important output of DISC is a training package targeted at University leaders. The purpose of the training is to help them to develop more inclusive and accessible working environments for the current disabled staff, and potential future employees. The training is divided into 3 […]


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Revisiting data – creating character vignettes

Jen Remnant One of the privileges of doing empirical research is returning to the data, either to see if there is something you missed during your previous analysis or to find something specific. One of the reasons I have been returning to interview data from DISC has been to write ‘vignettes’ for the delivery of […]


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