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Disability Resource Centre


17th Annual Disability Lecture

Universal Design for Learning

Thursday 19 March, 5.30pm, St John's College


Kjetil Knarlag and Elinor Olaussen from Universell, a Division of Student and Academic affairs at the Norwegian Technical University in Trondheim (NTNU) will be giving this year's Annual Lecture. Universell works on behalf of the Ministry of Education as the national coordinator for accessibility and Universal Design in higher education in Norway.

Kjetil and Elinor will explain and discuss the importance of universal design for learning, and explore their work in Norway and as part of the LINK network (a pan-European Disability in Higher Education network of which the UK is a part) in developing more inclusive teaching and learning practice in higher education.

At a time when UK Governmental, regulatory and student bodies are requiring Universities to demonstrate how they are making their teaching and learning more inclusive this is a timely and highly relevant topic.  

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception to which all are welcome. The event is accessible for disabled people and a BSL interpreter will be present. To book please visit

To discuss access requirements please conact the Disability Resource Centre: (01223 332301)

Previous lectures

  • 16th Annual Disability Lecture 2019: Mental health conditions are not synonymous with failure; a personal story by Poppy Jaman.

  • 15th Annual Disability Lecture 2018: Disabled Acedmics in the 21 Century. A panel of disabled academics, including Professor Nigel Lockett , Dr Hamied Haroon, and Professor Farah Mendlesohn spoke about their experiences as disabled academics. They described their career highlights and strategies for success in their chosen field.

  • 14th Annual Disability Lecture 2017: Saqib Shaikh - Innovating towards a more inclusive future

  • 13th Annual Disability Lecture 2016: Sue Kroeger - The Power of Design: Exclusion or Inclusion

  • 12th Annual Disability Lecture 2015: Jess Thom - Laughter as a Catalyst for Change​

  • 11th Annual Disability Lecture 2014: Dr Rachel Perkins - Creating Mentally Inclusive Communities: Embracing Distress as Part of Everyday Life

  • 10th Annual Disability Lecture 2013: Dame Ann Begg - Two steps forward, one step back: challenges to disabled people in 2013

  • 9th Annual Disability Lecture 2011: Dr. Nicola Martin - Disability Identity - Disability Pride

  • 8th Annual Disability Lecture 2010: Dr. Ross Cooper - Neurodiversity and Dyslexia

  • 7th Annual Disability Lecture 2009: Prof. Alan Roulstone - Disabled People and the Economic Downturn

  • 6th Annual Disability Lecture 2008: Baroness Jane Campbell - Fighting for a slice or for a bigger cake?

  • 5th Annual Disability Lecture 2007: Prof. Lewis Wolpert - Severe Depression is Indescribable

  • 4th Annual Disability Lecture 2006: Bert Massie CBE - Civil and Human Rights for Disabled People: The Future Agenda

  • 3rd Annual Disability Lecture 2005: Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen - Is Asperger Syndrome a Disability?

  • 2nd Annual Disability Lecture 2004: Dr. Tom Shakespeare - Can Genetics Solve the Disability Problem?

  • 1st Annual Disability Lecture 2003: Prof. Usha Goswami - A Cross-language Approach to Developmental Dyslexia