Disability Narratives

The project aims to identify, share and promote good practice on supporting staff of the collegiate University living with a disability or long-term health condition, including mental ill-health.

We will do this by:

  • Interviewing a diverse sample of disabled people employed by the Uniiversity to establish an evidence-base.
  • Exploring key topics raised by thematic analysis and identifying good practice.
  • Creating a new online resource to publish new material on key topics, designed to:
    • Encourage individuals and managers to explore possible workplace support on the lines of that already in place at Oxford.
    • Promote the sharing of tacit knowledge between disabled staff e.g. negotiating reasonable adjustments, whether/how to tell colleagues or students about personal circumstances, balancing career progression, including building a research career, with living with a disability.
    • Provide institution-specific resources that can be used in training and development of all staff. 

Participants in our focus group thought that the online resource should be an internal website, only visible to members of the University, and we’ll be asking the views of project participants. The project is funded by the VC’s Diversity Fund and the Van Houten Fund.

October 2016 update

Many thanks to all the members of staff who volunteered to take part in the research.  We have a full set of interviewees, and a waiting list.

For further information about the project please contact john.macartney@phc.ox.ac.uk