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Disability and Employability Event

Do you want to find out more about entering the workplace with a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term health condition? Are you interested in hearing from those who have done it before you? Want to know what support you could receive from employers?

Each year we hold a Disability and Employability Event, inviting speakers from a range of organisations to speak about their experiences of either working with a disability or of supporting others in the workplace.

For the 2020/21 academic year, we ran our first online event in November. This consisted of a series of information videos leading to a live panel Q&A with employers and employees from organisations including Leonard Cheshire, Microlink, University of Southampton, PwC and EmployAbility. Representatives shared their experiences of working with a disability and the support offered by their employers/organisations to students with a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term health condition.

You can access the videos from our speakers listed below.

Q&A Panellists

Richard Cartwright - UoS Senior Teaching Fellow and Disability Steering Group Chair
Charlie Willis - Leonard Cheshire Youth Employment Officer (Change 100)
Tab Ahmad - EmployAbility CEO
Nasser Siabi - Microlink PC CEO
Kim Whippy - PwC Inclusion and Enablement Services Lead

Look out for details of our next event in September 2021.

Don't forget you can also book onto one of our Disability, Disclosure and Employability workshops or watch a panopto recording if you are looking for advice on disclosing a disability, SpLD or long-term health condition. You can also contact us at for any further questions or support.



Dr Nasser Siabi talks of his work with Microlink to support people with disabilities and shares his own career journey with a visual impairment

More about Microlink

University of Southampton

Richard Cartwright tells of his career journey from his accident during his graduate role at KPMG to his current role at the University of Southampton

More about Richard


Tab Ahmad shares the work she carries out with EmployAbility, partnering with a wide range of employers to create an inclusive workplace globally

More about EmployAbility


Kim Whippy shares her top tips and details the support in place for anyone with a disability applying to work at PwC

More about PwC

Change 100

Charlie Willis explains the Change 100 scheme, providing paid summer work for students/recent graduates with a disability or health condition

More about Change 100

Brilliant event, felt very inclusive, really nice range of people from different companies and backgrounds, learnt a lot

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