Disability is one among our many possible identities, but it is one that is often hidden, necessitating constant choices about whether and how to share information. Marie Tidball, Dan Holloway and Torø Graven, who all work for the University of Oxford, share their individual approaches to disability in personal and professional spheres.

  • Dr Torø Graven is a researcher who is investigating how to get information from symbols, illustration, and visual art work without vision. She is a Norwegian who has moved to Oxford for the duration of her 2 year Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship, and is currently based in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.

  • Dan Holloway is a performance poet, ultra marathon runner and Department Administrator at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at the University of Oxford.

  • Dr Marie Tidball has just been awarded one of TORCH’s Knowledge Exchange Fellowships. She is currently a research associate at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. She is a local councillor who has been selected as Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon. Before completing her doctorate at Oxford, she worked as a journalism trainee at Channel 4 News and as Policy and Legal Officer at Autism West Midlands.

The event will be chaired Dr Rebecca Surender (Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Advocate for Equality and Diversity, University of Oxford).

This is also the launch of the Disability Narratives website, a research project to investigate the experiences of disabled staff at the University and share good practice on support.

Doors will open at 6pm, the event will start at 6.15pm. 

There will be a drinks reception after the lecture.

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This is a joint event arranged by TORCH and the Equality and Diversity Unit, as part of TORCH’s Humanities and Identities series.