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New funding: Legally disabled?

Posted on 23 June 2017 by Debbie Foster

DRILL funded research comes to Cardiff Prof Debbie Foster, Dr Natasha Hirst and Graham Findlay have secured an £88,000 grant to work with disabled legal professionals to investigate the barriers and enablers to their career development and progression.  Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) are funding the project using Big Lottery funding.  The
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The Closing Disability Gaps at Work Conference, British Academy, 12th December 2016, London

Posted on 21 February 2017 by deepen

On 13.12.2016 we hosted the “Closing Disability Gaps at Work” conference at the British Academy in London, which bought together about 80 academics, disability rights activists, trade unionists, occupational health professionals and others interested in disability and employment At the conference we launched the report “Closing Disability Gaps at Work – Deficits in Evidence and
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The report is launched!

Posted on 13 December 2016 by Hirst

Report Launches at today’s conference The keenly awaited report – Closing Disability Gaps at Work: Deficits in Evidence and Variation in Experience is now available following today’s conference of key stakeholders seeking to influence the development of the Government’s controversial Green Paper on Work, Health and Disability. Download your pdf copy of the report here:
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Academic interview: Dr Debbie Foster

Posted on 27 November 2016 by Hirst

“The Health and Well Being agenda sounds positive, but it actually excludes Disability.” Debbie Foster is a sociologist and a Reader in Employment Relations at Cardiff Business School (UK). She instigated the setting up of CRED (Cardiff Researchers on Employment and Disability) heading an application with Prof. Ralph Fevre (Social Sciences Cardiff University) and Dr
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Closing Disability Gaps at Work Conference

Posted on 24 November 2016 by Hirst

The conference to be at! If your organisation works with or represents disabled people then you’ll know that the UK Government’s “Improving Lives – The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper” is of huge significance in determining future opportunities and support for disabled people in the workplace. The Cardiff University Research into Employment and Disability
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Closing Disability Gaps at Work – Report

Posted on 10 November 2016 by Hirst

Closing Disability Gaps at Work – Deficits in Evidence and Differences in Experience Due to be launched in full at the end of November is a significant new report from Cardiff University researchers, By Ralph Fevre, Deborah Foster, Melanie Jones and Victoria Wass. Key messages While disability is difficult to measure, it is essential to
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Support@Work Project

Posted on 9 October 2016 by Hirst

“When women go on maternity leave it is assumed that they will return. So why isn’t that assumption the same when workers take sick leave?” Kathleen Bolt is a caseworker and trainer on the Support@Work project, managed by the Edinburgh TUC. The basis of the project is to support early intervention to resolve issues that
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Dr Marion Hersh.

Academic Interview: Dr Hersh

Posted on 9 October 2016 by Hirst

“There should be more support for disabled academics.” Dr. Hersh has a fascinating interdisciplinary background which includes Mathematics and Control Engineering which she applies to her current research interests of assistive technology and employment for disabled people. In addition to this unusually broad skillset, she also possesses a very enviable capacity for acquiring new languages
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Portrait of Dr. Moira Dustin (previously of EDF)

Equality and Diversity Forum

Posted on 8 October 2016 by Hirst

The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) is a national network of organisations committed to equal opportunities, social justice, good community relations, respect for human rights and an end to discrimination based on age, disability, gender and gender identity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation. CURED were invited to attend a meeting of the EDF,
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Hidden disabilities

Posted on 8 October 2016 by Hirst

Hidden disabilities and work The impact of long term health conditions and hidden disabilities is an increasingly topical subject throughout the union movement. From discussions with union reps and officers there are a number of key concerns around how to identify and support workers who meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010
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