The Disabled Leaders Network (DLN) is a network of emerging disabled leaders, inclusive of current students, graduates and professionals who each bring subject expertise and lived experience of disability to this pioneering platform.

The DLN is the first of its kind, striving to become a space of support, community and opportunity, driving impact and potential for its members.

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Disabled Leaders Network

How it started

Our disabled student community tell us of the multitude of obstacles they face in the transition from higher education to employment.

Aware of the success of leadership networks accelerating other under-represented groups like women and the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities into senior workplace roles, we set out to create an equivalent for disabled people.

Over the last two years, we have piloted the DLN and commissioned the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub to run this on our behalf. Now it has reached a critical-mass, it's time to invest in the next stage of its development.

Best placed to drive this, we put its members in control, taking a co-design approach which enabled them to shape the development project and re-imagine the future they want for themselves and future generations of disabled students and graduates.

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Who are its members?

Disabled students who have been awarded a Snowdon Master's Scholarship are encouraged to join the DLN.

As the network grows, we will open up the network to more disabled students and graduates.

Snowdon Master's Scholarships

Support the Disabled Leaders Network

It costs more than £60,000 a year to run the Disabled Leader's Network. This is a significant investment, but the outcomes that its members have the potential to achieve are limitless.

Please get in touch if you can help us fund this vital network which creates a safe space for disabled students and graduates to come together and collectively support one another in the transition from higher education to employment.

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What’s involved?

The DLN has a range of different activities members can participate in, such as bi-monthly events (virtual and in-person) including:

  • expert-led webinars on subjects including disability activism and disclosure and self-advocacy in academia and the workplace
  • member spotlight sessions where members share their story or a particular interest or skillset
  • skills development workshops on subjects such as communicating influence, public speaking, and networking

Members drive progress:

  • paid member committee roles help plan and drive the work of the DLN, including the events progamme, member on-boarding and the creation of disability-related content and discussion on the DLN’s dedicated website, discussion forums and blog Disabled Leaders Network Blog
  • buddy schemes provide new members with an existing member buddy to help support and onboard them into the network

The Disabled Leaders Network will be a safe space where people can feel supported, where people with disabilities would gladly come out and identify.

Current DLN member


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