This annual lecture series celebrates the achievements of disabled people. The University is committed to establishing an inclusive environment, and we hope that this lecture series will be inspiring and empowering for everyone, particularly for our disabled staff and students. We hope that it will also increase understanding of the experiences of people living with a disability and of the creative and flexible support that may help them to flourish. The events are organised by the Equality and Diversity Unit and the Disability Advisory Group.
2021 Annual Disability Lecture
Dr Hamied Haroon explores the intersections of disability, science and academia. All views expressed in the lecture are the speaker’s own.
#WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut - University of Oxford 2020 Annual Disability Lecture
Dr Kate West, a neurodivergent student-turned-academic, reflects on the neurotypical University.
University of Oxford 2019 Annual Disability Lecture
The Triple Cripples...creators, educators, rule breakers, and the personification of empowerment This year’s University of Oxford Disability Lecturers are Jay Abdullahi and Kym Oliver, a team of two black disabled women determined to reclaim the word ‘cripple’ in their fight against three layers of discrimination. Jay is a 29 year old Nigerian Londoner with polio and scoliosis, and Kym is a 32 year old African and Caribbean Black woman who lives in London and has multiple sclerosis. Jay and Kym, The Triple Cripples, aim to increase the visibility and highlight the narratives of women, femmes and non-binary people of colour living with disabilities. Expect hard truths and lots of laughter in a wide-ranging discussion of unconscious bias, racism, and the lived experience of physical disabilities.
That Way Lies Madness: Poets, Power, Health
The Equality and Diversity Unit and TORCH are delighted to announce that Gwyneth Lewis will give the 2018 Disability Lecture. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
A Psychiatrist's Experience of Depression
Professor Linda Gask had a successful career as psychiatrist and academic, despite living with depression and anxiety. She speaks with candour about her experiences of periods of mental ill-health.
2015 Oxford Disability Lecture
Hilary Lister is giving the first University of Oxford Disability Lecture. Hilary was an undergraduate at Jesus College who has since gained fame as a quadriplegic sailor. She was the first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain. Introduced by the Vice Chancellor, Andrew Hamilton