"Raising disability awareness, improving communication and supporting culture change at the University of Kent"

The strapline above signals the Disability Staff Network’s  ambition to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for colleagues with disabilities at Kent. Its purpose is to support disabled staff and those staff working with disability or with an interest in disability. The network also provides a forum to share information and consider good practice, providing recommendations to enhance University policy and practice where appropriate.

The Disability Staff Network (DSN) was established in 2012. Please click here to access the DSN Blog. 

 “The DSN has a Teams/SharePoint at https://livekentac.sharepoint.com/teams/DSN-DisabilityStaffNetwork. If you experience any issues with accessing this please email dsnchair@kent.ac.uk to request to be added.”    

Terms of Reference

The Network’s revised Terms of Reference were agreed 23 May 2019

  • To provide the opportunity for staff to network and share experiences about working at the University with a disability, long term condition/chronic illness, and/or neurodiversity
  • To promote disability equality for staff through active involvement in, and consultation where appropriate, formulating/reviewing University plans, strategies, policies and guidance
  • To act as a forum for consultation on Equality Impact Assessments (also known as Equality Analyses)
  • To work with the EDI team to develop ideas for improvement where required.
  • To raise awareness and provide a forum for the discussion of disability equality issues
  • To promote understanding and good practice across the University and facilitate action for change
  • To work on joint initiatives with Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW).


The Network is co-Chaired by Amanda Bates and Derek J Baldwin and they can be contacted via dsnchair@kent.ac.uk  As well as disabled and chronically ill staff and allies, membership includes rep/s from the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity team, the Executive Group champion for disabilities, and reps from Occupational Health, Student Support and Wellbeing, and Estates.

  • EDI Manager 
  • Executive Group Champion for Disabled Staff 
  • Occupational Health Nurse Manager
  • Estates Health and Safety Adviser and Clerk of Works
  • Head of Student Support
  • Others (by invitation).

Meetings are held termly and are open to all staff at the University of Kent.

Current membership: circa 40.

Accessibility Tours

The aim of the tours is to get a better understanding of the campus experience for disabled members of staff and students, with a view to improving their experience.

The tours are focused on:

  • routes to and from buildings
  • access into and out of buildings, particularly
  • the new builds and the refurbished building

If you would like to take part in a tour or have an idea for the tour please email equalityanddiversity@kent.ac.uk.

Accessibility Tour Medway February 2020

Accessibility Tour November external Canterbury 2019

Accessibility Mini Tour October 2019

Accessibility Tour February 2019

Accessibility Tour May 2019

Accessibility Tour November 2018

The outcomes of the tours are also reviewed at the Campus Accessibility Forum 

Campus accessibility forum.  

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