Inclusive and Accessible Learning and Working in a Post Covid World

Large modern university lecture hall with teacher presenting in the distanceWhat are the expectations of disabled students post Covid and how can we meet and exceed them? How have your disabled staff fared during the pandemic and how would they like to be able to work in the future? 
On Tuesday 19th July 2022 at 1pm BST, AbilityNet and the University of Greenwich will discuss how to create inclusive and accessible learning and working environments moving forward from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Covid-19 has changed the way universities and public sector organisations work, and accessibility and inclusion of all staff is increasingly becoming a high-level topic.

The webinar will cover:

  • How Covid-19 has impacted the experience and expectations of disabled students and staff in Higher Education settings.
  • A playback of the findings from the recent Disabled Students UK report “Going back is not a choice” which surveyed disabled students from 69 institutions.
  • Discussion around student and staff experiences and some of the initiatives and approaches that can help increase accessibility and inclusion.
  • Q&As with the panellists. 

Meet the panellists

We have a great line up of speakers:

University of Greenwich

Dr Melanie ThorleyDr Melanie Thorley has worked within the disability sector of further and higher education since 1998. She regards herself as fortunate to have been taught by Professor Mike Oliver during her sociology undergraduate degree. Melanie also holds a MA in SEND, a MSc in Education Research methods and a doctorate in supporting D/deaf university students. Melanie was appointed to lead the STAART (formerly *AccessAbility) initiative in 2007 providing information, advice and guidance for prospective and current disabled university students. Melanie has disseminated STAART at numerous conferences across the UK, and has also provided staff training in Egypt and Trinidad.


Amy Low from AbilityNet smiling at the cameraAmy Low, Service Delivery Director at AbilityNet, leads the workplace, education and free services teams. Having spent 15 years working in a variety of leadership and transformation roles within serviced property and IT services, Amy joined AbilityNet in 2016, drawn by the opportunity to leverage technology to remove barriers to participation for disabled people and create a better digital experience for everyone. She works with a wide range of institutions and organisations providing services and support to ensure their digital practices are meeting the needs of the widest audience.

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A recording, transcript, Q&A and slide deck will be available on this page.

This webinar will last for 60 minutes.  

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You can find an archive of our webinars on our website and we also offer paid role-based accessibility training.

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Date of webinar: 
19 Jul 2022 - 13:00